"I know she hasn't been to the border," McCarthy stated. "I don't know if she's ever been briefed on this, but I think it'd be important that all the leaders, because this isn't about Republican or Democrat, this is about the security of our nation. And everybody should be making sure our nation is secure."
McCarthy told Fox News reporter Jacqui Heinrich that Border Patrol agents told him great numbers of people from nations like Yemen, Turkey and Sri Lanka have been passing into the U.S. through the southern border.
"We've got data that's showing more than a thousand people come across every day that don't even get encountered. So this is a real concern," he stated.
"So we know people on the terrorist watch list are coming into America," he continued. "How are they coming in? How many do we assume got through that we did not catch? Why were they on the watch list? What were they doing coming into the country? Do we have any intel based upon what they have planned once they entered into the country? Who were they going to meet up with?"
Adding to Harris, the California Republican announced, he has asked the classified briefing be shared with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif; Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
McCarthy described it as especially troubling that the two Yemeni men were caught in separate incidents at the El Centro Sector in California: the first in January and the other only last week.
"That's two separate times coming from Yemen and they got in," he told Heinrich throughout the phone interview.
He stated that Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., and a few other Democratic lawmakers had blamed him for "lying" regarding the men on the terrorist watch list entering the country.
"He challenged me ... saying I was lying and he said he was getting the same briefing that I was," McCarthy said. "That's a real concern to me that he did not know about this being on the border."
He maintained his concern was "the first response from some members across the aisle did not solve this problem. It was to call me a liar."
"Any terrorists that come into this country are too much and it should not be a partisan issue," he continued.