Saturday, July 1, 2023

Border Patrol Sets Record With 29 Terrorism Suspects Encountered in May; FBI Terror Watchlist Arrests, Encounters at Southern Border for FY 23 Hits All-Time Record

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Border Patrol sets record with 29 terrorism suspects encountered in May:
The Border Patrol reported encountering 29 terrorism suspects along the southern border in May, setting a new single-month record even as the government said the overall pace of illegal border crossings dipped.
Customs and Border Protection, which oversees the Border Patrol, said agents have now caught 125 people at the southern border whose names are flagged in the terrorist watchlist since the start of the fiscal year in October.
Even with four months to go in this fiscal year, that number still shatters the previous record set under President Biden last year, when agents encountered 98.
The new numbers were released Tuesday as part of a broader set of data suggesting major shifts in illegal immigration since the end of the Title 42 pandemic border policy on May 11 and the return to normal enforcement of immigration law under what is known as Title 8.
Nationwide, CBP reported 273,141 unauthorized migrants caught entering in May, which was down by about 2,000 compared to April. That includes both people who showed up at ports of entry without an entry visa, and migrants caught trying to sneak in between the ports.
Illegal entries at the southern border with Mexico were down, slightly, while illegal entries at the northern border with Canada were up, as were unauthorized migrants arriving at airports inside the U.S.
That’s what the Biden team wants. --->READ MORE HERE
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FBI terror watchlist arrests, encounters at southern border for FY 23 hits all-time record:
The number of people arrested in FY 2023 by Border Patrol at the southern border who are on the FBI's terror watchlist has hit a new record at the end of May, according to new data released on Tuesday.
As of the end of May, there have been 125 arrests at the southern border between ports of entry by Border Patrol since the fiscal year began in October.
That is higher than FY 2022’s 98 encounters, which itself broke a record. In FY 21 there were just 15 arrests and in FY 20 just three. In FY 19, there were zero at the southern border between ports of entry.
Numbers of encounters of those on the watchlist entering through ports of entry and encountered by Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Field Operations (OFO) typically eclipse those encountered between ports of entry.
So far in FY 2023, there have been 337 encountered at the northern and southern ports so far, compared to 380 in FY 2022 and 157 in FY 21.
The watch list, officially called the Terrorist Screening Dataset (TSDS) is the government’s database that "contains sensitive information on terrorist identities." --->READ MORE HERE
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