Number of migrants on the terror watch list apprehended this year was 400% up from last year

Biden’s deadly open border: Number of migrants on the terror watch list apprehended this year was 400% higher than 2021 and expert warns extremists may already be here

  • US Customs and Border Protection caught 78 migrants on the FBI’s terror watch trying to illegally cross the US-Mexico border this year
  • It’s nearly a 400 percent increase from last year, which saw record high 15 
  • Expert Todd Bensman has put the blame on Joe Biden, who put an end to a Trump-era policy forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico 
  • By allowing these migrants to enter the US, Bensman said terrorists have sought out opportunities to take advantage of the chaotic borders to sneak in
  • The US has already inadvertently allowed two migrants on the terror watch list to slip through the cracks earlier this year 

The number of migrants on the US terror watch list crossing illegally over the southern border has gone up by 400 percent from last year, with an expert warning that a violent extremist may already be in America planning an attack.  

US Customs and Border Protection reported that 78 immigrants on the US terror watch list have been apprehended crossing over the border last year, nearly four times as much as the 15 in 2021. 

Last year’s report was up from three in 2020, with the US previously reporting zero in 2019, six in 2018, and just two in 2017. 

Todd Bensman, of the Center for Immigration Studies who has written extensively on this issue at the southern border, blamed the Biden administration’s border policies for the surge in violent terrorists attempting to cross into the US. 

He also warned that after two terrorist suspects were wrongfully released into the US following attempts to cross the border earlier this year, it is more than likely that a violent extremist has already made a successful entry. 

‘I wouldn’t be surprised if we hear that the person behind the next big shooting or that the person who drove into a crowd is one of the people on this watch list,’ Bensman told DailyMail.com.

US Customs and Border Protection saw a 400 percent increase in the number of migrants on the FBI's terror watch list caught trying to illegally cross the US-Mexico border this year

US Customs and Border Protection saw a 400 percent increase in the number of migrants on the FBI’s terror watch list caught trying to illegally cross the US-Mexico border this year 

Experts have put the blame on President Joe Biden, who put an end to a Trump-era policy forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico. By allowing these migrants to enter the US, experts warn the president is sending a message to terrorists looking for a chance to get into the US

Experts have put the blame on President Joe Biden, who put an end to a Trump-era policy forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico. By allowing these migrants to enter the US, experts warn the president is sending a message to terrorists looking for a chance to get into the US

The dangers are also compounded by the chaos at the border, which has seen more than 2 million migrants apprehended for attempting to cross illegally

The dangers are also compounded by the chaos at the border, which has seen more than 2 million migrants apprehended for attempting to cross illegally

Todd Bensman, of the Center for Immigration Studies, warned that a terrorist who crossed the southern border could already be in the US planning an attack

Todd Bensman, of the Center for Immigration Studies, warned that a terrorist who crossed the southern border could already be in the US planning an attack

Bensman said when Biden sought an end to the Trump-era border policy that forced asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico until their cases resolved, the president inadvertently sent a message to extremists around the world. 

‘These individuals are looking at the chaos in our borders and flying over from around the world, throwing their ID’s into the dirt and trying to come in under a made-up name seeking asylum,’ he said. 

With Biden’s border policy, the asylum-seeking migrants are released into the US. 

Under normal circumstances, those on the terror watch list are caught at the border when their fingerprints and biometrics are scanned, alerting Border Patrol as to the real identity of the migrant. 

However, the program and the agents in charge have been under immense pressure from the sheer number of migrants crossing through the border this year. 

According to the latest report from Customs and Border Patrol, more than two million migrants have been arrested along the US-Mexico border this past year. 

In the spring alone, monthly apprehension totals surpassed 200,000. 

Bensmen said terrorist groups like ISIS have seen the issues at the border and Biden’s policy as an opportunity to try and send agents into the US. 

‘The programs we’ve had for years to catch these individuals has been derailed,’ he said. ‘The risk right now is elevated far beyond anything we’ve ever seen.’ 

The latest report on the number of migrants arrested at the border this year hit historic records

The latest report on the number of migrants arrested at the border this year hit historic records

The Border Patrol reported a spike in apprehensions this spring, with monthly totals still surpassing 200,000

The Border Patrol reported a spike in apprehensions this spring, with monthly totals still surpassing 200,000

Bensmen said the dangers were evident by two incidents earlier this year where migrants linked to violent extremis were accidentally released into the US before being arrested. 

Back in January, Lebanese-born Venezuelan migrant Issam Bazzi, was released into the US despite being the FBI’s terror watchlist. 

Although Bazzi, who is linked to foreign terror organizations, was listed among a group of offenders not deemed armed and dangerous, the law dedicates that he be apprehended at the border, but instead, he slipped through the cracks. 

Bazzi remains in the US, living with family in Dearborn, Michigan, according to New York Times reporter Charlie LeDuff

Three months later, authorities arrested Shihab Ahmed Shihab, 52, of Iraq, was charged with aiding and abetting a plot to murder from president George W. Bush.

Issam Bazzi

Shihab Ahmed Shihab

The US has already inadvertently allowed two migrants on the terror watch list to slip through the cracks. Issam Bazzi (left), who has ties to extremists, entered in January and  Shihab Ahmed Shihab (right) was arrested in March for plotting to kill a George W. Bush

Bensmen called on Biden to restart the 'wait in Mexico' practice for asylum seekers to keep the border secure and allow for agents to better catch those on the terror watch list

Bensmen called on Biden to restart the ‘wait in Mexico’ practice for asylum seekers to keep the border secure and allow for agents to better catch those on the terror watch list

According to the Department of Justice, Shihab entered the US in 2020 and was seeking asylum the following year, and his plan to kill the former president involved smuggling other extremist through the southern border. 

Shihab allegedly organized eight terrorists to fly to Brazil and travel to the US-Mexico Border and sneak into the country using Border Patrol uniforms to reach Bush’s home in Dallas, Texas. 

The alleged ISIS member reportedly claimed he wanted to kill Bush because of his role in launching the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.  

Bensmen warned that these incidents would continue to occur until Biden restarts the ‘wait in Mexico’ practice for asylum seekers. 

‘We can’t let them in,’ Bensmen said. ‘The program has to stop now. 

‘It’s that simple. We haven’t had any attack so far thanks to the diligence of our agents at the border, but that’s collapsing. ‘ 

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