Friday, February 3, 2023

Terror Watchlist Border Encounters on the Rise; 38 People on Terror Watchlist Nabbed at Southern Border Since Oct. 1

Terror watchlist border encounters on the rise​::
Border agents are stopping individuals on the federal terror watchlist at a significantly higher rate than in previous years, and experts fear the ongoing immigration crisis could create a national security problem.
Agents along the southern border have stopped individuals on the government’s terror watchlist 38 times since October, according to data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
At the current pace, encounters involving individuals on the watchlist will surpass 150 by the end of this fiscal year. That’s well above the 98 stops made last year, and marks a notable increase since President Joe Biden took office.
From 2017 to 2020, border patrol agents recorded just 11 total encounters with individuals on the watchlist at ports of entry along the southern border.
“This is a significant threat to the United States,” said former U.S. Border Patrol chief Rodney Scott. “We’re ignoring the fact that there are real national security threats mixed in with this mass migration.” --->READ MORE HERE
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38 people on terror watchlist nabbed at southern border since Oct. 1:
Border enforcement officials apprehended more than three dozen people named on the federal terrorism watchlist at the US-Mexico frontier in the final three months of 2022 — after a record number of terror suspects were caught in the 12 months ending Sept. 30 last year.
According to US Customs and Border Protection, 38 people identified as known terrorists, suspected terrorists or associates of both were stopped while attempting to cross into the US between official points of entry since Oct. 1.
In fiscal year 2022, CBP apprehended 98 people whose names appeared on the terror watchlist trying enter the US illegally. That number is on pace to top 150 in fiscal year 2023.
The watchlist was established after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks as a federal database of known terrorists who are not US citizens, according to the FBI. It has since expanded to include suspected terrorists and their known affiliates.
Between Oct. 1, 2016, and Sept. 30, 2020, only 11 people on the terror watchlist were arrested trying to enter the US from Mexico.
In fiscal year 2021, there were 15 arrests related to the terror watchlist before spiking to 98 between Oct. 1, 2021, and Sept. 30, 2022.
The dramatic increase in crossings of known or suspected terrorists comes as illegal immigration continues to explode in the US under President Biden. --->READ MORE HERE
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Border Patrol agents apprehend 38 known terrorists in first 3 months of fiscal 2023

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