The Federal Bureau of Investigation reports about 70 migrants on the terror watch list were arrested crossing the border since late last year.
FBI Arrests Almost 70 Terror Watch Illegals Since October 2022
Since October, nearly 70 individuals who are not United States citizens and were on the FBI‘s terrorism watch list have been apprehended attempting to illegally cross the southern border, indicating an alarming trend that is expected to surpass last year’s concerning statistics.
Newly released data from Customs and Border Protection shows that in the previous month alone, 16 individuals listed in the Terrorist Screening Database were encountered while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States from Mexico.
Authorities reported the number of individuals who were on the terror watch list and apprehended at the southern border since the beginning of CBP’s fiscal year 2023, which started on October 1, has now reached 69.
Terror Watch List at Southern Border
When comparing this fiscal year’s figure of 69 non-US citizens on the terror watch list who were stopped at the southern border to the previous fiscal year’s total of 98 people, it suggests that the number of apprehensions this fiscal year will likely surpass the previous year’s statistics.
Additionally, the CBP’s Office of Field Operations has reported that since October, one non-US citizen was also apprehended attempting to illegally cross the United States’ northern border.
During CBP’s 2021 fiscal year, there were a total of just 15 such apprehensions at the US southern border.
In the CBP’s fiscal year 2020, the number of non-US citizens on the terror watch list who were caught attempting to enter the US from the southern border was three, and zero in the previous year.
The current fiscal year has witnessed a surge in this figure, with 69 already apprehended at the southern border and one at the northern border.
President Biden’s Border
Biden administration has overseen a substantial increase in illegal immigration, resulting in approximately 2.4 million illegal southern-border-crossing arrests in the CBP’s fiscal year 2022.
The current fiscal year, 2023, is on track to exceed the previous year’s record, with CBP reporting over 762,000 apprehensions at the border between October and January alone.
To put this year’s statistics in context, the CBP reported approximately 1.7 million individuals apprehended for illegal crossings at the southern border in the fiscal year 2021, while 500,000 were apprehended in 2020 and almost 1 million in 2019.
In January, there were 128,877 people who crossed the border illegally, and in February, there were 128,913 total.
“The new border enforcement measures kept February’s overall encounter numbers nearly even with January,” said CBP Acting Commissioner Troy Miller in a statement.
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According to Miller, the CBP has developed a new application that enables migrants to schedule an appointment at a port of entry to request a humanitarian exception to the Title 42 public health order.
“The app cuts out the smugglers and decreases migrant exploitation,” Miller said. “CBP continues to make improvements to the app to address feedback we have received from stakeholders.”
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