The Republican governor cited data from US Border Patrol showing its agents have encountered 66 people on the terror watchlist at the US border this fiscal year. Another 15 people on the list were stopped the year Biden took office.
In previous years, Border Patrol agents had only encountered 3 terror suspects a year or none at all.
The terror watchlist is a federal database of all known or suspected terrorists, and most people on the list are not US citizens, said the FBI. In the last decade, the list has grown to include those could be a potential threat to the US or who are associates of those who are threats.
“The sharp rise in apprehensions of the watchlisted individuals coincides with a significant rise in overall border encounters,” the US Border Patrol said.
Since October, Border Patrol has encountered 1.8 million people at the southern Border of the US. That’s more than four times the number of people who arrived at the US border in 2020, when 405,036 were stopped at the border.
“His refusal to secure the border is a direct threat to our national security,” tweeted Abbott about President Biden.
Texas Congressman Tony Gonzales, whose district covers much of the Texas border, told The Post the Biden Administration has refused to acknowledge the crisis at the border, including children drowning trying to cross into Texas, and the 53 immigrants who died in the back of tractor trailer in San Antonio in June.
“The Administration has failed to acknowledge that these things are happening,” said Rep. Gonzales. “They have chosen to ignore all aspects of the border, not just the areas they don’t want to talk about, everything.”