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.
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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.
Border arrests are on pace to surpass 2022’s record.
Customs and Border Protection agents stopped 16 people who were on the FBI’s terror watch list that crossed the southern border in February.
The total number of encounters at the southern border for this fiscal year is now 69 and will likely exceed the 98 encounters documented last year.
The agency has encountered 214 people on the Terrorist Screening Database at ports of entry at both the northern and southern border this fiscal year
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…. (Read more)