U.S. Border Patrol reports spike in ‘terrorist’ encounters – Reuters
The names of 98 migrants apprehended at US borders this year were on the terrorism watch list
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol apprehended 98 illegal immigrants at the U.S. southern border with names matching those on the Terror Screening Dataset, a government surveillance list of individuals suspected of being involved with or affiliated with terrorist groups. known or suspected terrorists, according to agency data released earlier this week.
Although this figure represents only 0.0044% of the record 2.4 million people who entered the United States illegally in 2022, it is a massive increase from last year, when only 15 people arriving through Mexico were on the list. The numbers have risen exponentially since 2019, when none of the migrants apprehended at the southern border were on the list.
CBP data obtained by the Daily Caller earlier this month revealed an increase of nearly 600% in the number of migrants reported this year as « special interest, » meaning they used to travel to areas that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security deemed national security concerns for terrorism or other unspecified reasons « harmful activity ». The majority of them were encountered at the Mexican border.
« Special interest » migrants are generally released into the country like everyone else unless CBP can find negative information about them, former Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott told the outlet.
Number of « criminal non-citizens » caught by CBP has also exploded in recent years, with more than 12,000 arrests in 2022. The figure has more than quadrupled between 2020 and 2021, coinciding with the Biden administration’s shift toward a more permissive border policy.
Last month, Vice President Kamala Harris tried to reassure Americans concerned about the growing porousness of the country’s borders, insisting « the border is secure » even as she recognized that the immigration system was « broken » and had to be « fixed. »
The flood of migrants entering the United States through the Mexican border overwhelmed local resources to such an extent that Texas Governor Greg Abbott began dispatching buses full of illegals to New York and Washington D.C. in the purpose of confronting the country’s democratic leaders with the results of their immigration policies. The Biden administration hit back, accusing Abbott of « doing politics with human beings ».
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