Supporters of lax border policies often say that their policies will help families just trying to make for a better life, but that does not really match reality.
The New York Post reports that “nearly 70 non-US citizens on the FBI’s terror watch list have been caught trying to illegally cross the country’s southern border since October — a disturbing trend that appears set to easily beat last year’s alarming figure.
There were 16 such people listed in the Terrorist Screening Database who were encountered attempting to illegally enter the US from Mexico last month alone, according to new data released by Customs and Border Protection.
The total number of the illegals who were on the terror watch list and stopped at the southern border since Oct. 1, the start of the CBP’s fiscal year 2023, is now at 69, authorities said.
Compare that figure to the same one for all of the agency’s last fiscal year — or 98 non-US citizens on the watch list who were halted — and it appears there will easily be even more caught this fiscal year.”
The potential terrorists caught last month were among 128,877 total illegal immigrants stopped at the southern border. Those who were caught but escaped authorities are not included in the numbers.
The Washington Examiner writes, “The February number is double the average of eight that border officials caught in an average month in 2022. Last year, nearly 100 people on the watchlist were among the 2.2 million illegal immigrants apprehended at the border.
Last August, the Washington Examiner obtained unpublished data from the Department of Homeland Security that showed how the government internally tracked where immigrants with terror ties had traveled from.
That data revealed that in the first six months of 2022, 25 of the 27 known or suspected terrorists arrested by Border Patrol were citizens of Colombia, not countries in the Eastern Hemisphere, where terrorist groups al Qaeda, the Islamic State, and others are based.
FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before the Senate in August 2022 that although there was no ‘imminent threat from a foreign terrorist organization on the border at the moment,’ terrorists were looking for any vulnerability to ‘exploit.’”
The news follows on the heels of a report showing that fentanyl seizures have risen over the past few months as fentanyl-related overdose deaths in the United States has skyrocketed.
The fentanyl epidemic has cost more than 100,000 American lives over the past two years. CBS wrote, “In 2021, 90% of some 80,000 opioid-related deaths involved fentanyl, federal statistics show.
Most fentanyl is being smuggled into the U.S. along the southern border, often in vehicles driven by American citizens, as cartels and other criminal groups in Mexico have turned the production of the synthetic opioid into a clandestine industry that has become the primary source of fentanyl in the U.S., according to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).”
The Biden administration has been adamant that it’s not its border policies that are spurring the rise in the deadly drug’s presence in our communities.
During a briefing with reporters Thursday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said it was “unequivocally false that fentanyl is being brought to the United States by non-citizens encountered in between the ports of entry who are making claims of credible fear and seeking asylum,” CBS continued.
The White House and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador released a joint statement on Friday pledging cooperation to combat fentanyl trafficking,” wrote Politico.
“The two sides discussed a program to improve U.S. and Mexican interagency coordination and bilateral sharing of criminal intelligence to target key nodes in the drug supply chain, the statement said.
Mexican and U.S. officials will meet in two months in Washington, D.C., ‘to further review and analyze the effectiveness of the enhanced policies and improve intelligence and information-sharing on transnational criminal organizations,’ the statement said”
In 2022, the DEA seized enough fentanyl to kill every American. The agency captured over 50 million fentanyl-laced pills and more than 10,000 pounds of fentanyl powder.