According to a Customs and Border Protection source, agents arrested five migrants on the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB) watch list on Friday.
The multiple arrests all occurred on Friday in the Tucson Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol, just after the Trump-era border protection policy Title 42 ended under the Biden administration.
The CBP source, not authorized to speak to the media, said the migrants, whose demographics and nationalities was not available, were sent to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task for further investigation and identity confirmation.
According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection report, a total of 80 migrants who are listed in the Terrorist Screening Database have been apprehended after entering the United States along the southwest border between ports of entry this fiscal year. Two more were apprehended after crossing the northern border with Canada.
The data includes migrants apprehended between October 2022 and March 2023. The migrants whose names are listed in the TSDB differ from migrants who are scrutinized as being from special interest countries.
According to the FBI, Terrorist Screening Database contains information related to specific individuals reasonably suspected to be involved in terrorism (or related activities). A person’s name being listed in the TSDB triggers a reporting process that alerts the FBI to an encounter by the Border Patrol. The source says the additional scrutiny triggered by the encounter includes verification that the migrant whose name matches a name on the list is in fact the same person.
The arrests of the five suspects took place in separate incidents throughout the day and evening on Friday. The high number found in a single day at a single sector indicates the dangerous levels of known terrorists attempting to, or have succeeded in, crossing into the United States.
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