50 on terror watchlist caught amid Biden border invasion

The encounters have come during fiscal year 2024.


On Friday, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) revealed its agents encountered 50 people who appeared on the terror watchlist attempting to cross the border into the US illegally so far in fiscal year 2024.

According to its website, CBP encountered 49 personnel with records in the Terrorist Screening Dataset coming across the southern border and one attempting to cross the northern. 

This follows a record number of 172 members of the terrorist watch list being apprehended trying to cross the border illegally in 2023, almost doubling the 98 in 2022. Before then apprehensions of those on the terror watchlist were in the single digits for data going back to 2017. 

CBP had over 634,066 total encounters with illegal immigrants trying to cross into the US during the first quarter, which is more than the total number for 2020. 

Earlier this month, an illegal immigrant threatened a citizen journalist who was reporting at the border. He told the videographer, "Soon, you're gonna know who I am" after being asked where he was from. 

"If you are smart enough you will know who I am. But you really aren't smart enough to know who I am. But soon you're gonna know who I am. Very soon," the man said. 

In October, when the Biden administration revealed the worst all-time numbers for border crossings, Donald Trump Jr. pointed out that the numbers reveal how many terrorists were caught, and noted, "Imagine how many got through?" 

Since the Oct. 7 terrorist attack on Israel by Hamas, Republicans have asked the administration what it was doing to protect the border from terrorists coming across our borders illegally. 

In a letter to Department of Homeland Security head Alejandro Mayorkas, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) said, "I write with alarm regarding the uptick in potential terrorist-linked illegal aliens encountered at the southern border." he continued. "This development follows the barbaric attack perpetrated by Hamas terrorists on innocent American and Israeli civilians." 

He said it was "imperative that [he] address this issue immediately to ensure the safety of American citizens, especially Jewish Americans, who are facing increased threats to their physical safety following the Hamas attack." 

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