Over 70 Potential Terrorists Apprehended By Border Patrol So Far This Fiscal Year As Biden Allows Millions to Cross Border

The United States Border Patrol agents have already apprehended 70 migrants on the terror watchlist at ports of entry since the start of this fiscal year in October 2022, according to Just The News. All but one of those apprehended came through the southern border whereas only one came through the border with Canada.

As noted by Just The News, “[t]his fiscal year is on pace to set a new record with terror watchlist encounters between ports of entry.” Last fiscal year 98 watchlist suspects were encountered between points of entry, according to data from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency. That figure exceeded the number of terror suspect encounters between ports of entry during the whole Trump administration. Similarly last year the Border Patrol had a record high of 313 encounters with individuals on the terror watch list at ports of entry on our northern border while encountering a low of 67 persons at ports of entry on our southern border.

As Just The News describes “it is unclear” what encounters “between ports of entry” means. They also add context to these record numbers by stating “[t]he increased terror watchlist encounters come after a record number of 2.4 million migrants illegally crossed the border last fiscal year.”

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Republicans have blasted the Biden administration for its dereliction of the border. Alejandro Mayorkas, the head of the Department of Homeland Security [DHS], responded to such criticism by maintaining the border is secure and even testified to Congress that this was the case. Mike Turner (R-OH) tweeted that “I saw firsthand that an unsecure border is a threat to our national security. President Biden is placing the lives of Americans and migrants at risk by refusing to take proper action.”

Border Patrol agents have also contradicted Mayorkas’s account. One agent told Fox News Digital that “[h]undreds of thousands crossing every month is not the definition of secure. They [Mayorkas and his ilk] are liars and anyone who believes them are fools.” One source went as far as saying “Mayorkas, [Border Patrol Chief Raul] Ortiz, and [President] Biden are failures that do not have the support of agents and many command staff, they all have violated their ‘oath’ of office to defend the laws and Constitution and should be removed.”

The same Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortis has since testified before Congress that the DHS does not have operational control of the border while declining to comment on whether Secretary Mayorkas was lying or not. When Mr. Mayorkas was pressed by Chris Wallace on CNN on whether people illegally crossing the border means the border is not secure, Mayorkas retorted that “[b]y that measure, the border has never been secure.”

When pressed on what a secure border actually meant, Mayorkas was evasive and merely said “[t]here is not a common definition of that. If one looks at the statutory definition, the literal interpretation of the statutory language, if one person successfully evades law enforcement at the border, then we have breached the security of the border.”

Mayorkas for his part blames Congress for the border crisis and maintains that it is up to Congress to fix a broken immigration system. While there have been talks and even proposals put forward to impeach Biden’s DHS Secretary, Matt Gaetz (R-FL) informed the press back in February that there were not enough votes (and that they were not close to getting the requisite votes) to begin the impeachment process.

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