A new report released by U. S. Customs and Border Protection shows that Border Patrol agents apprehended ten people on a U.S. terror watch list in the month of July.
The report, detailing CBP enforcement statistics for Fiscal Year 2022, highlighted a number of details of CBP’s work, including more than 1.8 million total Border Patrol encounters. Those encounters included the apprehension of a total of 66 people who are on the Terrorist Screening Dataset.
“Encounters of watchlisted individuals at our borders are very uncommon, underscoring the critical work CBP Agents and Officers carry out every day on the frontlines,” the report said, although statistics show that these encounters have been far more common this year than in years past.
The 66 people caught at the border in Fiscal Year 2022 is more than twice the numbers from the previous five years combined. In 2017, encounters with people on the terror watchlist truly were rare, as they numbered just two. That number jumped to 6 in Fiscal Year 2018, but then went down to three in 2019 and 2020. Fiscal Year 2021 saw a significant uptick, as there were 15 such encounters that year…. (Read more)