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23 People on Terrorist Watchlist Apprehended at Southern Border in 2021

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In just the 2022 fiscal year so far, over 1 million migrant encounters have occurred at the Southern border. Republican leadership as well as local political in border states demand the Biden administration impose greater scrutiny as to who is allowed across our borders.

In 2021, Border Patrol apprehended at least 23 individuals who were listed on the terror watchlist in 2021. The data, released by the Customs and Border Protection (CBP), notes that between January 20, and December 27 of 2021, there were 23 encounters with individuals whose names matched on the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB).

Fox News submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in December in order to unearth the information from the CBP. Fox News reports that of the 23 suspects, “four were in the Rio Grande Valley Sector, 4 in Del Rio Sector, 3 in El Paso Sector, 2 in Tucson Sector, 2 in Yuma Sector, 4 in El Centro Sector and 4 in San Diego Sector.”

Unfortunately, the terrifying information is not completely unknown, and the Biden administration continues to push back. Republican Representatives James Comer and John Katko, who serve as ranking members on the Oversight and Homeland Security committees wrote to Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas of the Department of Homeland Security last month addressing the grave concern.

Republican lawmakers consistently call upon the Biden administration to publicly release the number of those encountered at the border. “Reporting indicates that multiple individuals with terrorist ties have been recently apprehended after illegally crossing the border, and that such encounters may be increasing,” wrote Reps. Comer and Katko.

“The American people deserve to know whether President Biden’s weak border policies are allowing terrorists to enter our homeland,” they said. Back in October, former Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott repeatedly tried to alert the Biden administration on the amount of terror watchlist suspects that were crossing into the United states.

Scott said the levels of TSDBs are “at a level we have never seen before” and told Fox News’ Bret Baier “we have terrorist threats we can’t get into in this type of a forum but they are real.”

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BREAKING: DHS Secretary Mayorkas Supports Amnesty

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During a heated testimony, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas expressed his support for amnesty and a path to citizenship for those who have entered the United States illegally.

Mayorkas tried to dodge at first, saying “only Congress can provide legal status or amnesty through the laws to those who enter the country illegally.” When prompted by Republican Congressman Andy Biggs of Arizona who said “we’re not talking about who passes laws or not, but your philosophy as the DHS Secretary, would you support amnesty?”

Mayorkas responded, “Congressman, I fully support and have for many years, legislative reform that once and for all fixes our broken immigration system…”

“So I take it that you won’t make that statement now…” said Biggs.

“No I will, if you’ll allow me” Mayorkas said, “and it involves a path to citizenship for those who have been in this country for many years, who have contributed to the wellbeing of our country.”

“The answer is you would support amnesty of some kind” Biggs said of his response.

 

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