Rep. Nehls says Homeland Security confirmed Venezuela 'sends violent criminals' to U.S.

"President Trump warned us about this years ago," the congressman said.

Updated: September 18, 2022 - 6:48pm

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Texas Republican Rep. Troy Nehls on Sunday said the Department of Homeland Security confirmed that Venezuela is sending "violent criminals" to the United States through the southern border. 

"DHS confirms that Venezuela empties prisons and sends violent criminals to our southern border," Nehls tweeted. "President Trump warned us about this years ago."

Former President Donald Trump has said on several occasions that foreign countries are "emptying their prisons" into the U.S.

He retweeted a post from Fox News contributor Sara Carter who said: "This is exactly what I have been warning about. We are being exploited at Biden's chaotic purposeful border policy by all our adversaries."

Rep. Nehls' concerns come after an alleged DHS intelligence report cited by Breitbart on Sunday instructs Border Patrol agents to be on the lookout for inmates that appear to have been purposely freed by Venezuelan socialist leader Nicolás Maduro. The report comes as the United States is experiencing the largest number of migrant encounters on record.

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