Tuesday, September 20, 2022

66 Aliens on Terrorist Watchlist Nabbed at the Southwest Border; CBP Says 66 Terror Suspects Caught at Border in Fiscal Year 2022

66 Aliens on Terrorist Watchlist Nabbed at the Southwest Border:
The latest CBP statistics reveal that Border Patrol agents at the Southwest border have apprehended 66 illegal entrants on the terrorist watchlist in the first 10 months of FY 2022 — more than doubling the total of such apprehensions in the last five fiscal years. That comes as the Office of Inspector General (OIG) at DHS — that department’s watchdog — found that Afghan nationals who “pose a risk to national security and the safety of local communities” may have been released into the United States during our evacuation efforts from that country. Welcome to Joe Biden’s new pre-September 11th world.
Terrorist Watchlist Apprehensions Soar. Among the enforcement statistics CBP publishes monthly are what it terms “Terrorist Screening Dataset Encounters”.
Those statistics reveal that between October 2021 and August 2022, Border Patrol agents at the Southwest border apprehended 66 aliens whose identities appear in the “Terrorist Screening Dataset (TSDS)” — aka: the “watchlist” — described as “the U.S. government’s database that contains sensitive information on terrorist identities”.
Either dryly or innocently (or both), CBP asserts that “Encounters of watchlisted individuals at our borders are very uncommon, underscoring the critical work CBP Agents and Officers carry out every day on the frontlines.” While it’s a relief that agents are not nabbing known or suspected terrorists on an hourly basis, that sort of misses the point.
Nineteen foreign nationals (none of whom, to be fair, crossed the border illegally), carried out the four individual but coordinated terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, a singular event that claimed thousands of lives, resulted in billions of dollars in damages and losses, and changed the country and Americans’ lives forever.
That “underscores” the danger that even a few misguided foreign nationals bent on destruction pose to the United States and its institutions. Regrettably, CBP’s statistics suggest that there are more than a few who are trying to follow those 19 hijackers.
To put those 66 watchlist apprehensions into context, Border Patrol agents at the U.S.-Mexico line have stopped more than twice as many known or suspected terrorists in just the 10 months ended August 31 than they did in the prior five fiscal years combined (26 total TSDS apprehensions).
That’s not the worst part, however, because while Border Patrol agents have been dealing with those individuals, the number of known or suspected terrorists who have been stopped by their colleagues at the Southwest border ports of entry has dropped significantly. --->READ MORE HERE
CBP says 66 terror suspects caught at border in fiscal year 2022:

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