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    U.S. Border Patrol Encountered Record Number Of Terrorism Suspects In May

    June 21, 2023
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    The Trump-era Title 42 border policy ended May 11 as U.S. Border Patrol prepared for a flood of illegal migrants and the National Guard was called in to assist. Not only has the southern border seen a record number of illegal crossings in recent months, but in May, Border Patrol reported encounters with 29 terrorism suspects. It was a single-month record for the number of encounters with suspected terrorists, despite the government stating that the overall number of illegal crossings decreased.

    Since the beginning of the fiscal year in October, Customs and Border Protection have caught 129 people attempting to cross the southern border illegally who are flagged in the terrorist watchlist.

    While the figures for suspected terrorist crossings were high last year, with 98 encounters, the current figure already shatters the previous record and there are still 4 months left in the fiscal year.

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    According to new data released Tuesday, CBP reported 273,141 illegal migrants caught entering the country nationwide in May, which is roughly 2,000 fewer than were caught in April. While the downturn in overall illegal border crossings looks promising since the return of U.S. border policy to normal enforcement of immigration law known as Title 8, the number of terrorism suspects that have been apprehended at the border is cause for alarm regarding national security.

    While the number of encounters with known terrorism suspects at the border is cause for alarm in and of itself, one must question how many others have managed to enter the country illegally that CBP didn't encounter. And yet, the Biden administration sees no cause for concern as it continues to turn a blind eye to the border crisis along with Alejandro Mayorkas, the head of Homeland Security



    Jen Snow

    Jen Snow is a former paralegal turned freelance writer who has a passion for foreign affairs. When not writing, she can be found curled up with her dog and a good book or outside playing in the Florida sun.
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