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GOP Congresswoman calls on Facebook to remove human smuggling and cartel ads

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After her recent trip to the southern border, Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL) is demanding that Facebook remove human smuggling ads from the platform. Cammack believes ads like these are facilitating illegal border crossings.

“Facebook’s role in the crisis at the border is urgent and must be addressed immediately,” Cammack wrote in a letter she shared with Fox News. The original letter was addressed to Facebook CEO Zuckerberg.

RELATED: California Border Patrol saw a 51% increase in illegal immigrants in April

Just a month ago, Representative Buddy Carter (R-GA) also asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the ads directly in a hearing before the Energy and Commerce Committee. At the time, Zuckerberg promised that those ads go against Facebook’s policies. But, Cammack points out, “but the advertisements are clearly continuing to be posted.”

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The Florida congresswoman called on Zuckerberg to remove existing ads and prevent more in the future.

“Facebook clearly has no problem monitoring and censoring conservative voices on a daily basis,” Cammack said, “so I am confident your company has the capabilities and resources to detect and prevent criminal enterprises from posting content that encourages and facilitates illicit activity.”

RELATED: War Correspondent: ‘It’s a war out there’ on the border

Facebook did not respond to requests for comment.

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Terror watchlist individuals caught at border in August 3 times higher than past 5 years combined

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12 individuals on the FBI’s Terrorist watchlist were intercepted in August alone. The number not only breaks a record for this fiscal year but is three times the figure of the past five fiscal years combined.

New data released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) this week shows that Border Patrol agents encountered 12 individuals in August whose names were on the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB), which includes information about individuals who are known or suspected to be involved in terrorist activities” reports ADN America. 

“The total encounters of individuals on the terror watchlist for this fiscal year have increased to a significant high, tripling the figure of the past five fiscal years combined.”

Frighteningly, the number reported by the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) data might “only be a small percentage of the individuals that attempted to cross the border and were caught by Border Patrol agents.”

The CBP reported that this fiscal year there were more than 500,000 gotaways—undocumented migrants who crossed the border without being caught – meaning many more individuals on the list could have crossed the border.

According to Department of Homeland Security data released this week, border agents have encountered a total of 2,150,639 undocumented migrants this year, surpassing the 2 million mark for the first time in U.S. history.

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