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Tuberville questions Generals about terrorists crossing northern borde

On Thursday, U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-Alabama) questioned Air Force General Gregory M. Guillot, Commander of the United States Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, and General Laura J. Richardson, Commander of the United States Southern Command, about what the military is doing to secure the border during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

"What about the border?" said Tuberville. "Are you getting any pushback from the border – the northern border? We hear a lot about the southern border, but the northern border is very important. We hear a lot of people are coming, especially terrorists, to the northern border. Have you had any conversations with any of your counterparts there?"

"Senator, I have. Although the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Homeland Security have not requested DOD NORTHCOM support on the northern border, it is something I watch very closely for a number of reasons," said General Guillot. "One is the potential threats entering our country through the north. And I have frequent discussions with CBP and with the intel community to see if there are any threats that are coming through. And then, of course, it's a shared border with a strong partner like Canada. So, from mil to mil with Canada, we talk about it."

"So you're getting cooperation?" Tuberville asked.

"[We are] absolutely getting cooperation and keeping a strong sense of situational awareness on the activities of the northern border," Guillot said.

"Thank you. [...] I saw your budget and there's no doubt both of you are so important to the protection of American citizens and our country," Tuberville said. "You know, we just voted to give $60 billion to Ukraine. I wish it would have gone to y'all. I'm sure y'all could have used it. I've seen your budgets and your things that you use to work in both NORTHCOM and SOUTHCOM and what you do is amazing, but we need to help you. We really do. Thank you very much."

Much of the focus of politicians has been on the chaos on the U.S. southern border, but there are reports that terrorists are preferring to cross the even more lightly defended northern border.

28 members of Congress formed a new caucus last year to address the crisis at the northern border, due to the rise of terror suspects entering the country illegally from Canada.

The Northern Border Security Caucus was formed by Congressman Mike Kelly (R-Pennsylvania) and Ryan Zinke (R-Montana). The congressmen expressed concerns about the increased human and drug trafficking along the Canadian border.

Tuberville was elected to the United States Senate in 2020. He is a member of the Senate Armed Services, Agriculture, Veterans' Affairs, and HELP Committees.

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