Border Patrol Arrests 70 Migrants On Terror Watchlist In Past 6 Months

  • Border Patrol agents have apprehended 70 migrants on the Terrorist Screening Dataset, also known as the FBI’s terror “watchlist,” between ports of entry so far this fiscal year, which started in October 2022.
  • Most of the terror watchlist suspects – 69 – were discovered by agents after entering through the southern border with Mexico and just one came from the northern border with Canada, according to Customs and Border Protection statistics released last week.
  • Last fiscal year, 98 terror watchlist encounters occurred between ports of entry, a record high that exceed the number during the entire Trump administration. The government defines these encounters as occurring in areas where Border Patrol officers operate outside of the more than 300 official ports of entry where people can legally enter the U.S.
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