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Border Patrol Arrests 23 People on U.S. Terror Watchlist

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As the immigration crisis deepens, along with concerns that it will worsen with the elimination of Title 42, new data is coming to light that reveals the seriousness of the Biden open borders policy. In 2021, authorities apprehended 23 people allegedly linked to terrorism.

According to data obtained by Fox News, border patrol detained at least 23 illegal border crossers whose names were on the terror watchlist. The serious part of the news is that there are thousands of migrants who managed to escape and many of them could also be linked to crime.

Four of those arrested were in the Rio Grande Valley Sector, 4 in Del Rio Sector, 3 in El Paso Sector, 2 in Tucson Sector, 2 in Yuma Sector, 4 in El Centro Sector and the last four in the San Diego Sector.

The Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB) contains information about the identities of individuals known or “reasonably suspected” of being involved in these activities.

GOP lawmakers have repeatedly called for the number of people found at the border who are on the list to be made public by the administration.

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“Reporting indicates that multiple individuals with terrorist ties have been recently apprehended after illegally crossing the border, and that such encounters may be increasing,” Reps. James Comer and John Katko told DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas last month.

“The American people deserve to know whether President Biden’s weak border policies are allowing terrorists to enter our homeland,” they said.

Although the exact number of detainees allegedly linked to terrorism is not known exactly, in March alone more than 62,000 illegal immigrants evaded Border Patrol agents, averaging 2,000 per day. The question that remains unanswered is: how many of them are linked to crime and remain at large on U.S. soil?

While this is happening, the Biden administration is facing skyrocketing border revenue numbers. According to a CBP report last week, agents encountered more than 212,000 migrants at the border during March, more than in any month last year.

Ending Title 42 will exacerbate the immigration crisis

Despite the steady increase in illegal migrant numbers, the Biden administration announced the end of Title 42; a measure implemented by Donald Trump that allowed for expedited deportation under pandemic-related restrictions.

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) expressed concern that Biden may not have a plan to address a spike in immigrant arrivals, as reported by Politico.

U.S. Congresswoman Susie Lee of Nevada (also a Democrat) also criticized Biden’s decision.

In a statement sent out by her office on Friday, Lee emphasized the need for staffing and resources.

“By lifting Title 42 without the necessary staffing and resources, the administration will only exacerbate the tensions that, for decades, have stalled progress on reforming our broken immigration system,” Lee said.