(TheRedAlertNews.com) – Ten terrorism suspects were caught at the southern border of the United States in July, and there have been twice as many terror watch list detainees in the 2022 fiscal year than in the previous five years.
A total of 66 suspected terrorists have been apprehended by US authorities so far in the 2022 fiscal year, which started on October 1, 2022, and has two more months left to go, according to a new report by US Customs and Border Protection.
Ten of those got captured by Border Patrol agents last month, as per the CBP data cited by Fox News.
The 66 cases of capturing terror suspects who have crossed the Southern Border into the United States is an unprecedented figure.
In the 2017 fiscal year, only two suspected terrorists were arrested at the US-Mexican border. There were six in 2018, three in each 2019 and 2022.
In the 2021 fiscal year, the first year in office for the administration of President Joe Biden, the number of potential terrorists spiked caught by the Border Patrol agents spiked to 15.
“Encounters of watchlisted individuals at our borders are very uncommon, underscoring the critical work CBP Agents and Officers carry out every day on the frontlines,” the CBP report said.
At the same time, though, the agency’s latest figures demonstrate that the encounters with suspected terrorists who have entered the United States through the Southern Border have been intensifying.
Apart from the dozens of detainees from the Terrorist Screening Database, the report reveals more than 1.822 million encounters with illegal immigrants on the Southern Border in the first ten months of the 2022 fiscal year.
That is a notable increase compared with the 2021 fiscal year when there were 1.66 million apprehensions of illegal immigrants, especially in 2020, when there were only 405,000 illegals.
The above figures do not include the number of illegal immigrant gotaways who have snuck into the US undetected. For 2021 alone, the CBP estimates the gotaways number at more than 400,000.
The illegal immigration crisis at the Southern Border has worsened in the past few months, leading the administrations of Republican-run border states such as Texas and Arizona to take measures to tackle it on their own.
Those include busing illegal immigrants to Democrat-run New York City and Washington, DC, and plugging gaps in the border wall whose construction started under President Donald Trump.