Report: 169 Migrants on Terrorist Watch List Tried to Cross Border in 2023 So Far

Published on November 10th, 2023

According to a recent statement by U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito, 169 migrants with positive terrorism watchlist matches tried to cross the southern border into the United States in 2023 so far.

Senator Capito, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement on the findings.

“With rising violence and economic crises around the world pushing many people towards our borders, the record levels of illegal crossings and the spike in Border Patrol apprehensions of individuals matching the U.S. terror watchlist are alarming.”

Senator Capito’s findings beg the question, if 169 were apprehended how many more successfully crossed the border and remain at large in the United States?

As CAPS has documented, 2023 has seen record illegal immigration on our southern border made worse by the catch and release policies of the Biden Administration. 

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