Border Agents Apprehend Known Terrorists, Gang Members Entering U.S. Illegally

Sep 30, 2022 | Political News

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are apprehending individuals on the federal terrorist watch list, those with criminal convictions and wanted by law enforcement, and gang members attempting to enter the U.S. southern border illegally.

In fiscal 2022 to date, federal agents apprehended 78 people on the Terrorist Screening Dataset (TSDS), referred to as the “terrorist watchlist.” That’s three times more than the total apprehensions of potential terrorists combined over the past four years.

In fiscal 2021, 16 people on the terrorist watch list were apprehended; three each in fiscal 2020 and fiscal 2019; six in fiscal 2018; and two in fiscal 2017, according to CBP data.

The TSDS is a federal database that maintains sensitive information about terrorist identities. It initially originated as the consolidated terrorist watchlist to house information on known or suspected terrorists, CBP explains, but has since evolved over the past decade to include individuals who are determined to be a potential threat to the U.S., including known affiliates of those on the watch list.