U.S. Customs and Border Protection encountered almost 100 people on a national terrorist watchlist at the southwest border over the course of the year 2022, according to data released this week by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.
In fiscal year 2022, which began on Oct. 1, 2021, and ended Sept. 30, 2022, Border Patrol encountered 98 non-U.S. citizens on the Terrorist Screening Dataset at the southwest border. Last fiscal year, Border Patrol made 16 encounters with non-American citizens on the watchlist in between ports of entry.
“The Terrorist Screening Dataset (TSDS) — also known as the ‘watchlist’ — is the U.S. government’s database that contains sensitive information on known or suspected terrorists (KSTs), 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,” CBP said in a press release.
Terrorists from anywhere on earth can use the Mexican border to get into the U.S. because it is currently not protected well at all due to lack for funding and little concern from the Biden administration.