Report: Four people matching terror watchlist arrested at border
On Tuesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed to Congress that four individuals arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border since October 1 correspond with names on the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database, a congressional aide briefed on the correspondence told Axios. This report comes amid a massive surge of Latin American migrants arriving at the border since January, when President Joe Bidentook office.
Three of the detainees were from Yemen and the other was from Serbia, with the report not elaborating on their backgrounds beyond that.
Compared to the number of similar individuals apprehended during recent full-length fiscal years, these four reported arrests surpass that, the source said in the report. In FY 2018, six people from Yemen and Bangladesh were arrested, wrote Axios.
House Republicans who ventured to the border on Monday, as the news outlet pointed out, said an unspecified number of migrants crossing the border had names corresponding with those on the watchlist.
The Department of Homeland Security prevented over 3,700 people on the watchlist from entering the U.S. during FY 2017—which ended September 30, 2017—per Axios. However, most of them were stopped at airports.