U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials arrested an illegal alien at Joint Base Cape Cod in Massachusetts months after he illegally crossed into the U.S. in Eagle Pass.
According to ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operation Boston, “The Venezuelan national, 38, failed to disclose his previous homicide conviction to U.S. Border Patrol officials when they arrested him for unlawfully entering the United States in Eagle Pass, Texas, on July 31. He was processed and given a notice to appear at ICE offices within 60 days, which he failed to do.”
ERO reported that authorities encountered the man at Joint Base Cape Cod and learned of his homicide conviction as well as his failure to report to ICE.
They said the man will remain in ERO custody pending his removal from the U.S.
Fox News Correspondent Bill Melugin commented that “This is why [U.S. Department of Homeland Security] claims of ‘vetting’ everyone at the border are half truths. [Border Patrol] agents only have access to US databases, Interpol notices, etc. Most countries don’t share records with [the] US – so when agents run names, many times, there’s no way of knowing their pasts outside of [the] US. Think about what happened here. They relied on this Venezuelan murderer to ‘disclose’ his past conviction – he didn’t, so they had no idea and they released him into the US.”
In addition to the criminals crossing into the U.S. illegally, concerns are also being raised over the uptick in terror watchlist suspects entering the country. More FBI terror watchlist suspects were arrested along the southwest border in federal fiscal year 2023 than in the past six years combined.
DHS’ fiscal year 2024 threat assessment warned that agents have continued encountering a rapidly growing number of watchlist subjects. It also warned that “terrorists and criminal actors may exploit the elevated flow and increasingly complex security environment to enter the United States.”
Just last month, a suspected terrorist from Africa was released into the U.S. after crossing illegally into Arizona.
According to the ICE press release announcing his capture, the man was “wanted by Senegalese authorities for criminal conspiracy in relation to a terrorist organization; destruction, degradation and damages in relation to a terrorist organization; acts or preparatory acts aimed at compromising public safety or causing serious political troubles; direct provocation of an armed crowd; and holding arms without prior administrative authorization.”
Besides the illegal aliens released into the U.S. by federal officials, more than 600,000 known ‘gotaways’ have been reported at the border in the past year.
These gotaways are observed crossing the U.S.-Mexico border but are not apprehended or turned back. Oftentimes, nothing is known about the individual as they were not vetted by federal law enforcement.
“There have been thousands and thousands – tens of thousands – of people from the Middle East who have entered and it’s completely reasonable, even the president has acknowledged it, to worry that some of those could be, or could become, terrorist threats,” Todd Bensman, Senior Fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies told Real Clear Investigations.
Texas lawmakers are currently considering a border security measure that would create a criminal penalty for improper entry from a foreign nation in the third special legislative session.
The third special session ends on November 7.