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Former Border Patrol chief: 14 illegal immigrants on terror watchlist stopped at border in 2021

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Washington Examiner

14 illegal immigrants on terror watchlist stopped at border in 2021, former Border Patrol chief says

by Anna Giaritelli, Homeland Security Reporter

AUSTIN, Texas — Law enforcement intercepted 14 illegal immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border who were on the terrorist watchlist, a former top official said, more than the four stops that the Department of Homeland Security had disclosed.

U.S. Border Patrol agents stopped 14 noncitizens who were named on the terror watchlist and tried to sneak into the United States between October 2020 and August 2021, one month short of the entire fiscal year 2021, according to recently retired Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott, who disclosed the number during a panel discussion at a Texas Public Policy Foundation conference in Austin this month and in a follow-up conversation with the Washington Examiner.

The terror watchlist stops in 2021 are significant because they are higher than in previous years. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the parent agency of the Border Patrol, declined to comment or release data on terror watchlist encounters.

Last summer, Scott told agents in a farewell address that the agency was encountering people on the terror watchlist “at a level we have never seen before.”

The 14 people he referenced were identified as known or suspected terrorists, according to the Terrorism Screening Center’s Terrorist Screening Database. The database lists people who have concrete affiliations with terrorist organizations and have carried out or plan to carry out terrorism, as well as people suspected of the same activities. The TSC is comprised of multiple federal agencies, while the terror watchlist is overseen by the FBI.

Full story https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/14-illegal-immigrants-on-terror-watchlist-stopped-at-border-in-2021-former-border-patrol-chief

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