According to data that was revealed this week, the United States Customs and Border Protection agency encountered over one hundred people who were on a national terrorist watchlist at the southwest border throughout the course of the fiscal year 2022.
At the southwest frontier, the Border Patrol identified 98 people who were not citizens of the United States who were on the Terrorist Screening Dataset during the fiscal year 2022, which began on October 1, 2021 and ended on September 30, 2022. During the prior fiscal year, the Border Patrol had a total of 16 interactions in between ports of entry with non-American individuals who were on the watchlist.
According to a press release issued by CBP, "The Terrorist Screening Dataset (TSDS), also known as the 'watchlist,' is the database that the United States government that contains sensitive information on known or suspected terrorists (KSTs). However, but has evolved over the last decade to include additional individuals who represent a potential threat to the United States, including known affiliates of watchlisted individuals," "
In the next part of the announcement, it is stated that "encounters of watchlisted individuals at our borders are exceedingly unusual."
The Office of Field Operations reported 380 total encounters with watchlisted individuals in fiscal year 2022, the majority of which occurred near the northern border. This number represents an increase compared to the previous two years but is still lower than the 538 encounters that were made in fiscal year 2019, when former President Donald Trump was in office.
Data that was previously made public indicates that there were 2.3 million immigrants who unlawfully entered the United States in the fiscal year 2022.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on NEWSMAX.