(LibertySociety.com) – The crisis at the southern border of the United States has resulted in millions of illegal migrants and drugs pouring into the country for over three years. Republican lawmakers have called for the Biden administration to secure the border, but the Department of Homeland Security has instead continuously implemented new policies that encourage illegal migration. At the end of the 2023 fiscal year, 736 terrorists, known or suspected, were apprehended by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the nation’s borders. That number does not include the number of got-aways detected by CBP but not apprehended.
One known got-away was arrested on December 27, 2023, by the Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Newark in New Jersey. The Colombian fugitive was wanted in his home country for failing to return from a prison furlough in 2018 to finish serving his 22-year prison sentence for murder. In the press release, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) indicated that the man illegally entered the United States “on an unknown date at an unknown location” without being processed by CBP. The man was located and arrested by ERO Newark after federal agents learned of a previous arrest for “assault and making terroristic threats.”
Of the hundreds of potential terrorists apprehended by CBP, 172 were on terror watchlists. One known terrorist from Somalia was in the United States for 10 months before he was arrested in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He came across the southern border into the United States in March 2023 and was screened by CBP. He was released into the country after he was identified as a mismatch when his name was run through the Terrorist Screening Center’s terror watchlist. On January 18, the center reversed course and identified him as a member of the al-Shabaab terror group, which resulted in his arrest. The United States has listed the group as a terrorist organization since 2008, and just recently killed three members on January 21 in Somalia at the request of the country’s government.
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