Border Patrol Encountered 98 on Terrorist Watchlist Crossing U.S.-Mexico Border Between Ports of Entry in FY2022

Terence P. Jeffrey | October 23, 2022 | 1:53pm EDT
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(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Border Patrol encountered 98 foreign nationals on the terrorist watchlist who were crossing the U.S.-Mexico border between the ports of entry in fiscal 2022, according to newly released data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

That was up from 15 in fiscal 2021.

“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),” says CBP, “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.”

 

In addition to the 98 individuals on the terror watchlist that the Border Patrol encountered between the ports of entry on the Mexican border, CBP’s Office of Field Operations also had 67 encounters with people on the watchlist at the ports of entry on the Mexican border in fiscal 2022.  CBP notes that the total number of encounters at the ports of entry “may include multiple encounters of the same individual.”

The Border Patrol’s 98 encounters with individuals on the terrorist watchlist between the ports of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border is the most in that category in any of the last six fiscal years.

In fiscal 2017, the Border Patrol encountered 2 on the terrorist watchlist between the ports of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border. In 2018, it encountered 6. In 2019, it encountered 0. In 2020, it encountered 3. In 2021, it encountered 15.

The Border Patrol’s 98 encounters with people on the terrorist watchlist between the ports of entry in fiscal 2022 was more than six times the 15 it encountered last year and more than 32 times the 3 it encountered in fiscal 2020.

At the same time, the 67 encounters with people on the terrorist watchlist that the CBP’s Office of Field Operation had in fiscal 2022 was the least in any of the last six fiscal years.

In fiscal 2021, CBP had 103 encounters with people on the terrorist watchlist at the ports of entry on U.S.-Mexico border. In fiscal 2020, it had 72; in fiscal 2019, it had 280; in fiscal 2018, it had 155; in fiscal 2017, it had 116.

At the Northern border in fiscal 2022, the Office of Field Operations encountered 313 on the terrorist watchlist trying to enter the country at a port of entry, but the Border Patrol did not encounter any individuals trying to enter the country across the Northern border between the ports of entry.

The 313 encounters with people on the terrorist watchlist at Northern ports of entry was the most in any of the last six years. In fiscal 2017, OFO encountered 217 at ports of entry on Northern border; in fiscal 2018, it encountered 196; in fiscal 2019, it encountered 258; in fiscal 2020, it encountered 124; in fiscal 2021, it encountered 54.

(This table from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website shows the number of encounters OFO and the Border Patrol had with people on the terrorist watchlist in each of the last six fiscal years.)
(This table from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website shows the number of encounters OFO and the Border Patrol had with people on the terrorist watchlist in each of the last six fiscal years.)
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