US Border Patrol captures 23 people on Terrorist Database at Southern border in 2021

The Border Patrol captured 23 people crossing the southern border whose identities were on the terror blacklist in 2021, according to statistics obtained by Fox News from Customs and Border Protection (CBP). 

In an exclusive story published by Fox News, it said that the 23 arrests were from Rio Grande Valley Sector (4), Del Rio Sector (4), El Paso Sector (3), Tucson (2), Yuma (2), El Centro (4), and San Diego (4). 

The said encounters with these individuals, whose names appeared on the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB), happened between Jan. 20 and Dec. 27, 2021. 

TSDB is a database that holds information about people who are known or “reasonably suspected” of being involved in terrorist activity.

Fox News was able to obtain the data from CBP through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request submitted in December.

Last month, CBP reported processing migrants 221,303 times along the Mexican border, surpassing the previous high of 213,593 migrant interactions set by the Biden administration in July 2021, based on government statistics submitted to a federal court last week. 

The surge in border crossings coincides with the Biden administration’s plans to phase back Title 42 pandemic-era provisions, which have allowed US officials to quickly deport migrants without first considering their asylum claims.

The regulation, which was originally implemented during Trump’s presidency, is slated to expire on May 23.

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