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Report: Four people matching terror watchlist arrested at border

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On Tuesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed to Congress that four individuals arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border since October 1 correspond with names on the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database, a congressional aide briefed on the correspondence told Axios. This report comes amid a massive surge of Latin American migrants arriving at the border since January, when President Joe Biden took office.

Three of the detainees were from Yemen and the other was from Serbia, with the report not elaborating on their backgrounds beyond that.

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Compared to the number of similar individuals apprehended during recent full-length fiscal years, these four reported arrests surpass that, the source said in the report. In FY 2018, six people from Yemen and Bangladesh were arrested, wrote Axios.

House Republicans who ventured to the border on Monday, as the news outlet pointed out, said an unspecified number of migrants crossing the border had names corresponding with those on the watchlist.

The Department of Homeland Security prevented over 3,700 people on the watchlist from entering the U.S. during FY 2017—which ended September 30, 2017—per Axios. However, most of them were stopped at airports.

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You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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DHS Secretary Mayorkas Says We Cannot Remove ‘11 Million Undocumented Individuals’ Unlawfully in U.S.

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Troubling details were unearthed during the questioning of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas by the Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Grassley asked Mayorkas about a DHS memo from September 30 which reads: “The fact an individual is a removable noncitizen will not alone be the basis of an enforcement action against them.”

“Does that reasoning apply to the [1.2] million illegal immigrants who have received due process and been given a final order of removal by an immigration judge?” Grassley asked Mayorkas.

“We cannot remove 1.2 million individuals, nor can we remove more than 11 million undocumented individuals, individuals who are unlawfully present in the United States, who might not have final orders of removal” Mayorkas answered.

Mayorkas also stated that he had issued the due process policy after drawing on “tremendous experience not only as a member of the Department of Homeland Security but as a federal prosecutor.”

Grassley pressed Mayorkas, asking, “should any of them be removed?”

“Of course,” Mayorkas said. “I do believe that individuals who pose a public safety threat, who pose a national security threat, who pose a border security threat, should be removed, and we should be smart and effective in our use of resources, and we should focus on the well-being of our communities and prioritize individuals for removal.”

In his opening statements, Grassley addressed Mayorkas and stated, “When you allow the ACLU and open-borders immigration activists rather than career law enforcement professionals to dictate the terms of your immigration and border policies, then you shouldn’t be surprised when record-shattering numbers of people start showing up at the border to take advantage of that.”

Grassley continued, “When you run DHS like it’s an ‘Abolish ICE’ fan club, you shouldn’t be surprised when you have an illegal immigration crisis on your hands.”

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