Border Patrol agents caught a dozen people on terrorist watch lists along the southern border in August

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border Patrol It withheld a dozen individuals recorded in the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB) in August, bringing the total number for the fiscal year combined to more than triple the previous five fiscal years — as agents deal with a historic migrant surge at the border.

New data released by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) this week shows that 12 individuals were confronted by border patrols between ports of entry on the border whose names matched those on the TSDB – including the number of those who Includes identifying information that is known or “reasonably suspected” of involvement in terroristic activities.

August’s apprehensions bring the total for FY22 so far to 78, with just two months left in the fiscal year. This is three times the last five years together. There were two arrests in FY17, six in FY18, zero in FY 19, three in FY20 and 15 in FY21.

Southern border migrant encounters exceed 200,000 as numbers from Venezuela, Cuba spike in August

While this is a small percentage of the hundreds of thousands of migrants who cross the border each month, and it shows those who have been successfully apprehended by Border Patrol agents, it also does not include those who are involved in the more than 500,000 exodus. Could join – illegal immigrants who overtook Border Patrol agents – in this fiscal year.

Border Patrol agents stand on a cliff in search of migrants near Sasabe, Arizona, January 23, 2022.

Border Patrol agents stand on a cliff in search of migrants near Sasabe, Arizona, January 23, 2022.
(Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Republicans have pointed to the numbers at the border to show a potential national security threat and the need for more border security. but republican House Homeland Security Committee In May the Biden administration pushed for the numbers to be made public again before finally starting to put them on the CBP website.

Meanwhile, 342 encounters of known or suspected terrorists have taken place so far by CBP agents at the ports of entry along the north and south borders. Of these, 63 were on the southern border and 279 on the northern border. This is the highest number since FY’19, when 538 such encounters took place.

The latest numbers come as the CBP announced that there were a total of 203,598 migrant encounters along the southern border in August, with 199,976 encountered in July and 209,840 in August last year.

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Of the 203,598, officials said, 157,921 were unique migrant encounters, with the rest being attributed to those who had multiple encounters with officers and were expelled or deported.

According to CBP data, encounters with migrants from Mexico and Central America fell for the third consecutive month, accounting for just 36% of unique encounters, while 55,333 unique encounters were from the authoritarian regimes of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua. An increase of 175% over the previous year.

“The failed communist regimes in Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba are driving a new wave of migration to the Western Hemisphere, including the recent increase in encounters along the southwest US border,” CBP commissioner Chris Magnus said in a statement on Monday.

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Over 21 lakh migrant encounters have taken place at the border in this financial year. Republicans have Blamed the Biden Administration To roll back Trump-era border measures and increase releases in the interior. The Biden administration has repeatedly claimed the border is “safe” and said it is working to fix legal asylum routes it says were destroyed under the former administration.

Last month, FBI Director Christopher Wray said there were “significant security issues” related to the southern border.

“I have been to the ports of entry, in which he is not long ago, with [Customs and Border Protection] The officers walk me through it, so I could really see firsthand what they were up against, and all I can say is, boy, they have a challenge and I appreciate their patience and determination to get the job done. I admire the resolution, but it’s a challenging one.”

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