Terror Watch List Arrests At Southern Border Surge Under Biden

YUMA, ARIZONA - MAY 21: A U.S. Border Patrol agent gives instructions to immigrants as they wait in line to be processed after crossing from Mexico on May 21, 2022 in Yuma, Arizona. Title 42, the controversial pandemic-era border policy enacted by former President Trump, which cites COVID-19 as the reason to rapidly expel asylum seekers at the U.S. border, was set to officially expire on May 23rd. A federal judge in Louisiana delivered a ruling yesterday blocking the Biden administration from lifting Title 42. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Border enforcement officials apprehended more than three dozen people named on the federal terrorism watchlist at the US-Mexico frontier in the final three months of 2022 — after a record number of terror suspects were caught in the 12 months ending Sept. 30 last year.
  • According to US Customs and Border Protection, 38 people identified as known terrorists, suspected terrorists or associates of both were stopped while attempting to cross into the US between official points of entry since Oct. 1.
  • In fiscal year 2022, CBP apprehended 98 people whose names appeared on the terror watchlist trying enter the US illegally. That number is on pace to top 150 in fiscal year 2023.

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