Newly released data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows 98 foreign nationals on the terrorist watchlist were encountered at the U.S.-Mexico border between the ports of entry in the fiscal year of 2022. That’s a tremendous increase up from 15 in fiscal 2021.
“The Terrorist Screening Dataset (TSDS)—also known as the ‘watchlist’—is the U.S. government’s database that contains sensitive information on known or suspected terrorists (KSTs),” says CBP, “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.”
The 98 encounters with individuals on the terrorist watchlist is the most “in that category in any of the last six fiscal years.”
In order to understand the severity of this information, here are the numbers for the previous six years:
In fiscal 2017, the Border Patrol encountered 2 on the terrorist watchlist between the ports of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border. In 2018, it encountered 6. In 2019, it encountered 0. In 2020, it encountered 3. In 2021, it encountered 15.
CNS News reports, “The Border Patrol’s 98 encounters with people on the terrorist watchlist between the ports of entry in fiscal 2022 was more than six times the 15 it encountered last year and more than 32 times the 3 it encountered in fiscal 2020.”
As for encounters, fiscal 2021 the CBP had 103 with people on the terrorist watchlist at the ports of entry on U.S.-Mexico border. In fiscal 2020, it had 72; in fiscal 2019, it had 280; in fiscal 2018, it had 155; in fiscal 2017, it had 116.
As for the Northern border, in fiscal 2022, the Office of Field Operations encountered 313 on the terrorist watchlist trying to enter the country at a port of entry, but the Border Patrol did not encounter any individuals trying to enter the country across the Northern border between the ports of entry.
“The 313 encounters with people on the terrorist watchlist at Northern ports of entry was the most in any of the last six years. In fiscal 2017, OFO encountered 217 at ports of entry on Northern border; in fiscal 2018, it encountered 196; in fiscal 2019, it encountered 258; in fiscal 2020, it encountered 124; in fiscal 2021, it encountered 54.”
Canadian-U.S. border illegal crossings up 240% over previous year
The vulnerability of the northern border of the United States is being weaponized in the war on illegal migration. 2023 saw a 240% increase of individuals apprehended from just one year prior. Not only is the border with Canada significantly longer than its border with Mexico, but its ports of entry are often understaffed while the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is forced to prioritize the southern surge.
According to recent data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in 2023 authorities halted over 12,000 migrants attempting illegal crossings at the Canadian border. The number is a 240% increase from the preceding year when 3,579 individuals were apprehended.
ADN America reports that approximately 70% of the illegal crossings took place along a 295-mile stretch along the northern New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire border called the Swanton Sector.
Chief patrol agent for the sector, Robert Garcia, posted on social media that the 3,100 individuals apprehended were from 55 different countries.
Garcia wrote “the record-breaking surge of illegal entries from Canada continues in Swanton Sector” and he specifically mentioned that the arrest of 10 Bangladeshi citizens was prompted by a citizen’s report in Champlain, New York.
Surprisingly, ADN reports:
A significant number of those engaging in illegal crossings are Mexicans who exploit the opportunity to fly to Canada without a visa, also avoiding the presence of cartels in their home countries.
Experts suggest that migrants can purchase a $350 one-way plane ticket from Mexico City or Cancun to Montreal or Toronto. This route is perceived as offering a lower likelihood of being turned away compared to those crossing the southern border.
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