President Joe Biden’s self-inflicted border crisis has taken a turn for the worse as U.S. officials announce the setting of a new, unfavorable 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,” Fox News reported.
“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,” the outlet reported.
Fox News added: “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.’”
“The TSDS originated as the consolidated terrorist watchlist to house information on known or suspected terrorists (KSTs) but has evolved over the last decade to include additional individuals who represent a potential threat to the United States, including known affiliates of watchlisted individuals,” CBP says.
A month ago, according to sources, an Afghan national infiltrated the United States with a group of migrants near Otay Mesa, California.
Border Patrol agents conducted routine processing, including a fingerprint scan, which disclosed a match with the Terrorist Screening Database upon the individual’s arrival. The FBI was subsequently notified, verified the results, and then initiated an investigation.
The apprehended individual crossed the border one day prior to the expiration of Title 42, a COVID-19 emergency policy that allowed border agents to reject migrants. Fox News added that after the policy expired, thousands of migrants flooded the U.S.-Mexico frontier.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who represents the district where the Afghan national was apprehended, stated that Biden’s border policies, which he enacted on his first day in office and which, according to Republicans, caused a two-year record influx of illegal immigration, attract terrorists.
“Biden’s open borders aren’t just a gateway to five million illegals, record human and child trafficking and the deadliest drug crisis in our history,” Issa said. “Biden’s reckless policy is also an open invitation to even the most wanted terrorists in the world to come to America. They know they’ll never have to leave.
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