(AbsoluteNews.com) – Illegal immigration surged in 2021 after President Joe Biden rolled back many of former POTUS Donald Trump’s policies. One of the concerns Republicans had is the possibility of terrorists exploiting the porous Southern border. New data shows they have a reason to worry.
According to a Fox News exclusive, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data shows agents captured 23 people coming across the border whose names were in the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB) between January 20 and December 27, 2021. The data shows the apprehensions happened in multiple Border Patrol sectors.
Some might argue the arrests prove border security is working and they certainly show that CBP is doing the best it can, but consider how many illegal immigrants have evaded agents. Fox reported more than 62,000 migrants escaped capture in March 2022 alone. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) also wants to know how many suspected terrorists have gotten away from agents.
If Border Patrol stopped 23 people on the terrorist watchlist last year, that begs the question: Who are we not catching?https://t.co/BlFSAykmQG
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) April 18, 2022
In March, Reps. John Katko (R-NY) and James Comer (R-KY) sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas demanding information about whether the Biden administration was trying to keep terrorist arrests from the public. The lawmakers demanded records of apprehensions held by the department. It’s unclear whether DHS responded.
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