Vehicle Explosion at U.S.-Canada Border
A Vehicle Explodes on Rainbow Bridge
On Wednesday, a vehicle exploded on Rainbow Bridge at Niagara Falls, causing a massive explosion at a toll checkpoint.
The explosion killed the vehicle’s two occupants and injured a law enforcement official.
The FBI Terrorism Task Force is investigating the incident, but officials are yet to confirm the motive.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul later said there was no indication that the explosion was the result of a terrorist attack.
Republicans Blame President Biden’s Border Policies
Some Republicans have blamed President Biden’s border policies for the explosion.
Rep. Paulina Luna, R-Fla., called for “full deportation efforts” and for the U.S. to “lock down its borders immediately.”
Rep. August Pfluger, R-Texas, said the explosion was a “heartbreaking reminder that weak border security puts us all at risk.”
Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., said the explosion was a “reminder that we need to greatly enhance border security at ALL of our borders, including the North.”
Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., said the explosion was “proof that our borders are under attack and the Biden Administration continues to sit on its hands.”
Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., said it was “long past time to put Americans first.”
Congressional Leaders Monitor the Situation
President Biden was briefed on the explosion and is “closely monitoring” the situation.
House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., said he has requested a briefing from officials on the explosion.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he is “closely monitoring the situation” and thanked the “brave first responders” who arrived first to the scene.
House GOP Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., said she has been in “immediate direct contact” with law enforcement and border patrol officials.
FBI Director Chris Wray warned Congress last week that the threat of attacks by foreign violent extremists on Americans had reached “a whole other level” following Hamas’ bloody assault on Israel.
Wray said that since Hamas’ attack on Israel, foreign terrorist organizations have ramped up their rhetoric calling for attacks on the U.S. and its citizens.
The vehicle explosion on Rainbow Bridge is a serious incident that is still being investigated.
It is too early to say what the motive was, but the incident has already been politicized by some Republicans.
Congressional leaders are monitoring the situation closely.