Saturday, September 23, 2023

Homeland Security Says ‘growing’ Number of People on US Terror Watchlist Being Encountered at the Border; Feds Prevented Over 160 People on Terror Watchlist from Crossing US Borders Illegally — Highest Total Ever Recorded: DHS

Homeland Security says ‘growing’ number of people on US terror watchlist being encountered at the border:
Homeland Security says ‘growing’ number of people on US terror watchlist being encountered at the border
The Department of Homeland Security is warning that an increasing amount of people on the U.S. terrorist watch list are being encountered at the border.
In its 2024 Homeland Threat Assessment report released this week, the agency said that "[a]lthough encounters with migrants have declined from record highs in December, migrants seeking entry to the United States are still arriving at a rate that is on pace to nearly match 2022 total encounters."
"As part of this increase, we have encountered growing numbers of individuals in the Terrorist Screening Data Set (TSDS), also known as the ‘watchlist,’" the report said.
As of July, around 160 non-U.S. persons on that watchlist have "attempted to enter the United States via the southern border this year, most of whom were encountered attempting to illegally enter between ports of entry," according to the DHS.
The figure is an increase from the approximately 100 encounters of that kind throughout fiscal year 2022, it said, noting that inclusion on the terror watchlist ranges from people being known associates of watchlisted individuals to being directly engaged in terrorist activity themselves. --->READ MORE HERE
Feds prevented over 160 people on terror watchlist from crossing US borders illegally — highest total ever recorded: DHS
Federal law enforcement stopped 160 people listed on the terror watch list from entering the US illegally at America’s borders this fiscal year — the highest number ever — government statistics reveal.
The worrying number is a huge increase on the 98 of potentially dangerous assailants nabbed last year as thousands of people continue to flood into the country both legally and illegally, often with little to show by way of identifying papers.
The names and identities of those on the list is a closely guarded secret as revealing them could cause diplomatic incidents with rogue states, tip off terrorists and cartels about US border strategy or invite retribution thus posing a grave threat to national security, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
“Terrorists and criminal actors may exploit the elevated flow and increasingly complex security environment to enter the United States,” the DHS admitted in its annual Homeland Threat Assessment report.
The number of people on the watch list trying to enter the country through the US’s northern border with Canada and southern border with Mexico has exploded since Pres. Joe Biden took office.
Many have tried to hide among the unprecedented numbers of people arriving at international borders, which included 2.5 million arriving at the border this year, 2.7 million last year and 1.9 million in 2021, according to US Customs and Border Protection, for whom the fiscal year ends in September. --->READ MORE HERE
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