(The Center Square) – US Border Patrol agents arrested a record 38 people in the FBI’s terrorist detection database during the first three months of fiscal year 2023, according to Customs. and US Border Protection. data.
This is after agents stopped a record 98 in all of fiscal year 2022 and 15 in fiscal year 2021.
By comparison, 14 were detained in fiscal years 2017-2020 under the Trump administration.
Tom Homan, former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told The Center Square: “Since [President Joe] Biden has taken office we are at approximately 140 KST [known or suspected terrorists] trying to enter the country illegally. Border Patrol has arrested people from 161 different countries [some of which] They are sponsors of terrorism.
“With 1.2 million known gotaways, plus an untold number of unknown dropaways, how many KST have successfully entered this country through the southwest border? he asked her. It refers to at least 1.2 million escapees in the last 23 months, those who entered the US illegally and intentionally evaded capture by law enforcement.
“To say that none would be a clear ignorance,” he added. “Many systems were put in place after 9/11 to prevent terrorists from obtaining a visa or plane ticket to enter the US This has successfully prevented thousands of people with derogatory information from entering this country. Why would a terrorist try to get a plane ticket or a visa knowing that he will be investigated?
“It’s much easier to pay the cartels a little more and just cross the southwest border, like the 1.2 million, and escape detention, because Border Patrol agents are so overwhelmed with this Biden border crisis sparked by the man”.
Since Biden took office, more than 5 million arrests and escapes have been reported, the most in a two-year period in US history.
More than 3.3 million arrests and escapes were reported in fiscal year 2022, also the largest number for a fiscal year in US history. In December, more than 300,000 arrests and escapes were reportedthe largest number for any month in US history.
Former Border Patrol agent and Terrell County, Texas Sheriff Thad Cleveland told The Center Square that he is concerned about those who haven’t been caught. He said the ones that have been the biggest problem: “many more made it successfully into the United States. Not because our Border Patrol agents aren’t doing a good job, the job they do is amazing”, but because the president and his administration “don’t care about our borders”.
Cleveland also says that from his 26 years of Border Patrol experience, the leaks that are reported in the agency’s internal system “are much lower than the actual number. There is no way to look at every crossing and trail location along the 2,000-mile border with Mexico and get a true count.”
“Americans should be concerned,” he said. “I’m worried. I see what crossed the border. I know how many we apprehend and I know many more are escaping.”
Former CBP Director of Operations and Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan agreed, saying, “Our focus needs to be on those we don’t apprehend.”
The fact that agents are increasingly apprehending known or suspected terrorists indicates that more are arriving and getting through, he told The Center Square, which is why “this is why we say that what is happening at our southern border is a national security crisis”. As Border Patrol agents “are removed from their enforcement mission and relegated to administrative roles processing millions of illegal aliens…turning control of our border operations over to cartels, the fact is we have no idea who is among the 1.2 million fugitives who now call the United States home,” he said.
“We could have the next terrorist sleeper cell in the country planning the next attack on American soil and we have no idea,” he added. “Not to mention the untold number of violent criminals among the unprecedented volume of fugitives, who plan to take their next American victim.”
The secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, has maintained for almost two years that the border is secure. In March 2021, after House Republicans warned of terrorists coming across the southern border, he testified“A known or suspected terrorist… [has] tried to cross the border… not just this year but last year, the year before and so on… And it’s because of our multi-layered security apparatus, the architecture that we’ve built, since the inception of the Department of Homeland Security, that we can actually identify and apprehend them and make sure they don’t stay in the United States. … In fact, we deny them entry based on our intelligence and investigative procedures, which have only grown in sophistication over the years.”
But by the end of the year, Border Patrol agents had arrested a suspected Saudi terrorist entering Arizona illegally through Mexico. Last July, Richmond, Virginia, police frustrated a terrorist plot hatched by Guatemalan citizens in the US illegally, including one who had been deported twice and another on an expired visa.
Last July, Mayorkas again testified that DHS could “do more” to address terrorist threats. Multiple members of Congress have called for Mayorkas to be impeached, and at least 14 attorneys general, led by Florida AG Ashley Moody, have called for him to resign.