Since President Joe Biden took office, more than 200 non-U.S. citizens on the federal terrorist watchlist tried to enter the U.S. between legal ports of entry and were stopped by Border Patrol.
Here are the Border Patrol encounters with people on the watchlist, according to the latest figures:
Fiscal 2023 (Oct. 1, 2022-Sept. 30, 2023): 154
Fiscal 2022 (Oct. 1, 2021-Sept. 30, 2022): 98
Fiscal 2021 (Oct. 1, 2020-Sept. 30, 2021): 16
Biden succeeded Donald Trump as president on Jan. 20, 2021.
The watchlist contains known or suspected terrorists and individuals “who represent a potential threat.”
Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany, who represents most of northern Wisconsin, referred to watchlist encounters in an interview Oct. 17, 2023.
He proposed legislation in response to the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel that would prohibit anyone with a passport issued by the Palestinian Authority from entering the U.S.
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