Where’s the media? Deputy Border Patrol Chief says over 100K illegal immigrants avoided apprehension in 2021

During a recent appearance on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” Deputy Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz proclaimed that “way over 100,000” illegal immigrants have managed to avoid apprehension so far in 2021.

With as stretched as the agency’s resources have been due to the migrant surge at the southern border, the numbers shared aren’t terribly surprising.

Deputy Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz appeared on Fox News on April 5th to discuss matters related to the southern border crisis.

Among his comments provided, he noted that the agency has likely missed well over 100,000 migrants who’ve crossed into the country illegally so far in 2021:

“We have technology and we have some resources out there that give us an estimate of how many people are actually getting away from us and we continue to try and refine and have as much confidence in that statistic as we can.

“But I can tell you that, so far, it’s been way over 100,000 people that have gotten away from us this year. But the Border Patrol agents, as well as our law enforcement partners, are doing everything we can. Our resources are just stretched awfully thin right now.”

And while there’s an ongoing crisis playing out at the southern border, the designated point person to tackle the issues there – Vice President Kamala Harris – hasn’t even hopped on to Air Force 2 to see what’s going on in the region

In an editorial from Ronna McDaniel on Fox New’s website, she poked fun at the lack of action taken by President Biden’s appointed individual with respect to the southern border: 

“Harris hasn’t even taken the time to hold a press conference since allegedly taking charge of the border situation. She is working harder on avoiding accountability for the crisis than she is on trying to fix it.

“It gets worse. She traveled to California – a border state – Easter weekend with no plans whatsoever to make an appearance at the border. Instead, she spent time in Los Angeles and Oakland, without scheduling public events. This comes after border state governors have openly pleaded with her to show up in person and help solve the problem.”

When one takes that into account, it’s hardly surprising to see that President Biden’s approval rating with regard to handling the situation at the southern border stands at only 44% approving

And when it relates to handling the matter of unaccompanied minors crossing the southern border, President Biden’s approval rating on handling that is only at around 25%.

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Earlier in April, Law Enforcement Today shared a report regarding two Yemeni nationals that were under the FBI’s terrorist watch list that wound up getting apprehended by immigration authorities. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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EL CENTRO, CA- Hey, it’s just kids crossing the border everyone. Nothing to see here. Apparently not so much. According to the Daily Mail, two Yemeni nationals were arrested in California and spent the last three months in Calexico, California.

Not a big deal, right?

Well in this case it is because both were on the FBI’s terrorist watch list.

The two men aged 33 and 26 were apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents assigned to the El Centro, California station. The 26-year-old was apprehended on the night of March 30, according to Border Report.

Earlier this year on January 29, border agents arrested the 33-year-old in the same area.

According to CBP in a statement, the two banditos were on the U.S. government watch list for terrorism suspects and also appeared on the “no-fly” list.

“Part of the Border Patrol’s mission states we will protect the country from terrorists,” said Chief Patrol Agent Gregory K. Bovino.

“Today, like every other day, our agents did that. These apprehensions at the border illustrates the importance of our mission and how we can never stop being vigilant in our everyday mission to protect this great country.”

The apprehension of the terror suspects will no doubt fuel further criticism from Congressional Republicans, who have been slamming the Biden administration’s open border policies which have led to a surge of illegals crossing into the United States.

Republicans have also previously warned that terrorists could be secreting themselves among those illegals entering the country and attempting to avoid detection.

According to the Los Angeles Timesthe identities of the two terror suspects was not released, and their pictures had their faces redacted out. Officials said they had found a cellphone SIM card hidden underneath the insole of the 33-year-old suspect.

The Mail reported that in January 2018, a joint report was issued by Homeland Security and the Department of Justice which said that DHS had 2,554 “encounters” worldwide with people on the watch list who were trying to travel into the United States.

Of that number, 2,170 were trying to enter by air, 335 by land and the rest by sea.

In 2019, former President Donald Trump said during a Rose Garden speech that, “We have terrorists coming through the southern border because they find that’s probably the easiest place to come through. They drive right in and they make a left.”

The Mail noted that illegals have been pouring into the country at higher numbers since Biden was sworn in, taking advantage of his administration’s hands off approach to immigration.

In March alone, over 170,000 people entered the US over the southern border, giving that month the highest single-month total in over ten years.

The border patrol has said they are currently detaining around 5,000 people a day. Unaccompanied minors, meanwhile, are allowed to remain in the country, which has forced the administration to open a tenth temporary housing facility to attempt to ease overcrowded conditions at the facilities.

According to Todd Bensman, an analyst with the Center for Immigration Studies, a group that favors a harder stance on immigration and stronger defenses against possible terrorist infiltration had estimated in 2019 that around 20 terrorist suspects are detained at the U.S.-Mexico border every year.

While the federal government doesn’t disclose how many people are on the no-fly list, in 2016 Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said there were around 81,000 people on the list, less than 1,000 of whom are American citizens.

In March, a group of Republicans visited the border in El Paso, Texas, and reported that border agents told them that some people caught crossing the border were on the U.S. terror watchlist.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who traveled to the border on March 15 said after meeting with Border Patrol agents that he had been told people with links to terrorist organizations were among those rushing the border.

“It’s not just people from Mexico or Honduras or El Salvador,” he said.

“They’re now finding people from Yemen, Iran, Turkey. People on the terrorist watch list they are catching and they’re rushing in all at once.”

Republicans have slammed the Biden administration for eliminating virtually all of the restrictions put in place by the Trump administration which has opened the floodgates at the border.

The terrorists watch list is maintained by the FBI Terrorism Screening Center, run by the same agency that missed signs of possible trouble at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, which doesn’t lend itself to a lot of confidence in that agency’s ability to stop a terrorist from entering the country.

The list contains the names of people suspected or known to having been involved in terrorist activities, the FBI said.

A U.S. official told Reuters that overall, few of those caught trying to cross the border match people on the terror watch list.

According to the libertarian CATO Institute, from 1975 through 2017, seven people who entered the country illegally from so-called “special interest countries—those states tied at least loosely to terrorism—were convicted of planning attacks on U.S. soil.

Of those, none crossed from Mexico. They either came from Canada or jumped ship in U.S. ports, and all did so prior to special interest countries being classified as such.

All of the plots were foiled, and nobody was injured. The CATO Institute also said the only known terrorists who crossed the US border from Mexico during that time frame were three ethnic Albanians from Macedonia who entered the country as children with their parents in 1984.

When they were in their 20’s, they were arrested in a foiled plan to attack Fort Dix in New Jersey, a U.S. Army base in 2007, CATO said. Macedonia was not considered a special interest country.

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