Saturday, March 25, 2023

Border Agents Arrest 16 People On FBI’s Terror Watchlist at Mexico Crossing; 70 Migrants on Terrorist Watch List Apprehended this Year After Crossing Border

Border agents arrest 16 people on FBI’s terror watchlist at Mexico crossing:
Nearly 70 non-US citizens on the FBI’s terror watch list have been caught trying to illegally cross the country’s southern border since October — a disturbing trend that appears set to easily beat last year’s alarming figure.
There were 16 such people listed in the Terrorist Screening Database who were encountered attempting to illegally enter the US from Mexico last month alone, according to new data released by Customs and Border Protection.
The total number of the illegals who were on the terror watch list and stopped at the southern border since Oct. 1, the start of the CBP’s fiscal year 2023, is now at 69, authorities said.
Compare that figure to the same one for all of the agency’s last fiscal year — or 98 non-US citizens on the watch list who were halted — and it appears there will easily be even more caught this fiscal year.
Another non-US citizen also was caught trying to cross the country’s northern border since October, according to the CBP’s Office of Field Operations.
During CBP’s 2021 fiscal year, there were a total of just 15 such apprehensions at the US southern border.
In the agency’s fiscal year 2020, that same number was three — and zero the year before.
The Biden administration has presided over a record surge in overall illegal immigration — with a nearly 2.4 million illegal southern-border-crossing arrests in the CBP’s fiscal year 2022.
Fiscal year 2023 is set to outpace that record, with more than 762,000 such border apprehensions already recorded by CBP between October and January. --->READ MORE HERE
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70 Migrants on Terrorist Watch List Apprehended this Year After Crossing Border:
Border Patrol agents along the Mexican and Canadian borders apprehended 70 migrants who crossed between ports of entry so far this fiscal year. This compares to the record-shattering apprehensions last year of 98 migrants on the FBI’s list for the entire FY22. The five-month total also exceeds all four years of the Trump administration combined.
A CBP Enforcement Statistics report published by U.S. Customs and Border Protection reveals the apprehension of 70 migrants listed on the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Dataset (TSDS) watch list. The five-month total included 69 apprehended along the southwest border with Mexico between October 1, 2022 and February 28, 2023. The remaining apprehension took place along the Canadian border with the U.S.
“TSDS watchlisted individuals encountered by the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) after entering the country without inspection may be detained and removed, to the extent possible under CBP policy, or turned over to another government agency for subsequent detention or law enforcement action, as appropriate,” CBP officials reported. “The TSDS originated as the consolidated terrorist watchlist to house information on known or suspected terrorists (KSTs) but has evolved over the last decade to include additional individuals who represent a potential threat to the United States, including known affiliates of watchlisted individuals.” --->READ MORE HERE
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