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Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released their latest numbers Friday, showing that in December 2022 alone the Patrol arrested 17 people at the southern border whose names match ones listed on the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB). That brings the total to 38 since the Fiscal Year started on October 1, 2022.
According to the FBI, anyone on the list can be “reasonably suspected” of being extremely dangerous:
Before the 9/11 attacks, there were several different terrorism watchlists, making it difficult to share information. The TSC consolidated that into one federal terrorism watchlist. This watchlist has information on people reasonably suspected to be involved in terrorism (or related activities). [Emphasis mine.]
Terror Watch List! pic.twitter.com/2jnmXMrLFT
— Patriot4Life (@Patriot4Life72) January 21, 2023
If you don’t think President Biden’s shameful policies are to blame, consider that there were only three Watch List arrests in FY 2020. Meanwhile, although the Biden Administration keeps insisting that the border is secure, the number of illegal crossings continues to explode:
Biden administration: The border is “secure.”
251,487 illegal immigrants crossed the border in December — the highest monthly total EVER recorded.
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) January 21, 2023
What’s even scarier than the thought of the 38 captured potential terrorists is the question: how many got away? Thousands slip through every single day:
NEW: One number that CBP does not like to talk about – the Known Gotaways. In the past 113 days of this FYTD23, CBP sources tell FOX News there have been more than 278,000 Known Gotaways – that’s roughly 2,465 per day. @FoxNews
— Griff Jenkins (@GriffJenkins) January 21, 2023
The numbers are staggering. There were more than 70,000 gotaways just in the month of December—and nearly 600,000 in FY 2022. How many arrived with the intent to kill Americans or hatch plans for mass casualty attacks?
When you fly commercially in the United States, you’re subject to long lines at security, the ritual humiliation of taking off your shoes, unpacking your laptop, and potentially getting patted down or pulled aside by the Transportation Security Administration. It’s not a foolproof system, but the country has avoided a major aviation-related attack since 9/11.
If you were a terrorist, would you risk flying into the U.S. commercially? Not unless you were a supremely dumb terrorist. You’d head straight to Mexico, make your way to the Rio Grande, and slip through our porous border, disappearing into the vastness of Texas or Arizona.
Biden appeared at the U.S. Conference of Mayors Friday, and as usual, refused to take any responsibility for the calamity at the Rio Grande, instead laughably claiming it was all the Republicans’ fault:
I visited the border earlier this month, the first time as President. I’ve been there before [this is not true], but for the first time as President….
The first bill I introduced was a comprehensive reform legislation on immigration. But because of some in the Congress, they refused to consider it. They found it a better issue to campaign on than an issue to solve.
So, we have a choice: They can keep using immigration to try to score political points, or we can help solve the problem. Immigration reform used to be a bipartisan issue. [Emphasis mine.]
This is truly an abominable statement. First, for the last two years, the Democrats have controlled the White House, the Senate, and Congress. Any failure here is not the fault of the GOP. Second, new laws could be enacted, yes, but in the meantime, the president is negligent because his administration refuses to enforce the laws that are already on the books. Third, people are suffering and dying, but in Biden’s world bringing that up is akin to trying to “score political points.”
Out of all the awful outcomes that Biden and this administration have engineered, the disaster at the border may well end up as his defining legacy.
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