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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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Border officials find ‘sophisticated’ drug tunnel with rail system, electricity, from Tijuana to San Diego

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Earlier this week U.S. authorities announced the discovery of a “fully operational” and “sophisticated” tunnel under the U.S.-Mexico border, reaching from Tijuana to San Diego.

Authorities confirmed 1,700-foot tunnel that ends in a San Diego warehouse near the U.S. Border Protection Otay Mesa Port of Entry was used to traffic drugs.

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California Randy Grossman said the 61-foot deep and four feet across at the widest part was complete with “reinforced walls, a rail system, and electricity for ventilation.”

Authorities stated a whopping $25 million worth of drugs were seized form within the tunnel over the weekend. Fox News reports that among the drugs were “1,762 pounds of cocaine, 165 pounds of meth, and 3.5 pounds of heroin.”

Authorities found the tunnel after surveilling a truck that was going to and from the warehouse with large boxes. “In a span of a few hours, agents watched five vehicles come and go from the stash house and this warehouse, we allege that the defendants were driving into the garage and loading or dropping off cardboard boxes full of drugs to further the movement or distribution of drugs throughout the United States, the federal agents were watching the whole time,” Grossman said.

After raiding the warehouse, authorities found no other drugs, but did spot the tunnel opening carved onto the floor.

“There is no more light at the end of this narco-tunnel,” Grossman said. “We will take down every subterranean smuggling route we find to keep illicit drugs from reaching our streets and destroying our families and communities.”

Fox News reports six California residents, aged 21 to 55, were arrested and charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine, meth, and heroin. “Together with the Mexican government, we have been collaborating in trying to eradicate these tunnels, which should not exist because that is where a lot of crime happens, and a lot of the suffering that we see,” U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar told the news outlet Zeta. “This needs to stop.”

Fox News adds “authorities said that drug-smuggling tunnels are not uncommon. They are usually used by drug smugglers to evade authorities and transport a large quantity of drugs. More than 15 tunnels have been found since 2006, officials said.”

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