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DHS says 78 people on terror watch list caught at border this year, up from 15 in all of 2021



Texas Governor Abbott says that 81 were caught during the Biden administration. DHS has now admitted that the number is even higher, as 78 have been caught in 2022 alone. And then there is an unknowable number of jihad terrorists who got through.

“Surging number of suspected terrorists nabbed jumping Mexico border this year,” by Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, September 20, 2022:

The Border Patrol has nabbed 78 people on a terrorist watch list so far this fiscal year, according to new Department of Homeland Security data.

Twelve were caught in August alone, the second highest monthly total since numbers began to be released earlier this year.

The new numbers represent a sharp increase as the Biden administration faces growing pressure to tighten security at the border: Just 15 suspected terrorists were caught in all of the fiscal year 2021, and just 11 were caught in total from 2017 to 2020.

Counterintuitively, catching more of those on the watch list is bad news, because it likely means more are getting through, border experts say.

“Those are the ones that Border Patrol put their hands on,” Rodney Scott, former chief of the Border Patrol, told The Washington Times in an interview earlier this summer.

He said those who are caught generally did not know that they are on the U.S. security radar. Those who are aware are being brought in by smuggling organizations who are taking advantage of the gaps caused by the current level of border chaos.

“Anybody who actually knows or has a fear they’re on the watch list, they’re coming through those gaps and holes,” Mr. Scott said.

He said the numbers being caught are more than warning signs. “Those are rocket flashes going on to wake people up,” he said.

The 78 people detained were all listed in the Terrorist Screening Database, the government’s main terrorism watch list. It includes known or suspected terrorists and those known to associate with them….