Terror Watch List Arrests At Southern Border Soar Under Biden Administration


The number of people on the nation’s terror watch list who have been arrested at the southern border has soared under the Biden administration, according to a new report.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data jumped from just three arrests of individuals from the list at the border in 2020 to nearly 100 in 2022.

“Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.” 1 John 3:4

Immigrants wait to be processed by the U.S. Border Patrol after crossing the border from Mexico on December 30, 2022 in Yuma, Arizona.

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In 2023, a total of 38 individuals on the terror watch list have been arrested already at the southern border, pacing ahead of last’s year high of 98.

Terror watchlist arrests at the southern border are surging under President Biden.
FY’23: 38 (so far)
FY’22: 98
FY’21: 15
FY’20: 3
3 FY’19: 0
0 FY’18: 6

FY’17: 2


In 2021, Biden’s first year in office, 15 arrests of individuals from the terror watch list occurred at the southern border. While the number was five times higher than the last year under the Trump administration, the statistics have spiked since 2022.

During the four years under then-President Donald Trump, only 11 individuals from the terror watch list were arrested.

The high numbers under the Biden administration do not include an unknown number of “gotaways,” people who have eluded Border Patrol while entering the U.S. The CBP has estimated approximately 1.2 million gotaways under the Biden administration, though the exact number is unknown.

The report of increased terror watch list arrests at the southern border add to record numbers of migrants crossing into the U.S. in December. CBP had 251,487 encounters with migrants last month, the highest number recorded the nation’s history.

As The Daily Wire reported, last month’s numbers, combined with the first two months of fiscal year 2023 — October and November — put the U.S. on track to have more than 2.87 million illegal alien encounters on the U.S. southern border this year. December’s statistics also mark ten straight months of 200,000 or more migrant encounters per month on the nation’s southern border

The Biden administration’s border crisis led Texas Rep. Pat Fallon (R) to file articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Fallon introduced the articles of impeachment against Mayorkas in the House earlier this month.

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