In the entire financial year 2022, America at least arrested 25 Colombian “Terrorists” trying to enter the country illegally through southern border.
According to a newspaper report Washington Examiner citing data from internal security department (DSI) which was leaked to them.
This week the DSI along with the Border Patrol published official data on border arrests during the month of August and the arrests accumulated so far in the financial year, which ends on 30 September.
The data also includes the number of arrests made by those involved in the ‘Terrorist Screening Dataset’ (TSDS) or. “List of terrorists”including the names of persons who are members or They have links with terrorist organizations around the world.
Overall, the DSI noted the arrest 78 people Those who appeared in the TSDS, but without indicating their nationalities. However, the identity of the documents received by the examiner Of the 27 “terrorists”, 25 were arrested in the first six months of the year as Colombians.
The 78 arrests of people linked to terrorism is already a lot more than in previous years. To put it in context: in 2021 only 15 were arrested; In 2020, three; In 2019, none and in 2018, six persons.
But it is possible that some of these people had links to the FARC – demonetised – or to groups that had already been removed from the list of terrorist organizations.
These figures were used by Republicans to raise their criticism against President Joe Biden To manage border security, when a record number of illegal arrests have been announced at this border, more than 2 million in 11 months of the fiscal year.
blonde frameA Florida senator said the number of terrorists entering the country is probably high and also hinted that it could be a deliberate tactic by other countries to infiltrate the United States and damage it from within.
,If you’re a terrorist, you don’t turn yourself in to the authorities, so the number 78 is just a small sample of people who have links to terrorist organizations in the Middle East, but also in this hemisphere. The people of Alan and Farc, two communist and narco-terrorist groups that operate in Colombia and Venezuela, are also linked to it. In fact, I think this is the biggest group of terrorists we have ever stopped.Rubio said.
According to the senator, “What we don’t know, and we should find out if there is a strategy here. Are Venezuela or other countries intentionally sending these people to the United States to do harm? We don’t know, but We think it could happen.”
Even without a concrete answer, there are other possible explanations for the high number of terrorism-linked Colombians arrested this year at the southern border.
one of them is that it matches the number Record number of Colombian immigrants who have started immigrating to the United States illegally in recent months.
According to the data of DSI and Border Patrol, in the financial year 2022, more than so far 116,000 Colombians on the BorderCompared to 10,000 detainees in 2021 and less than 3,000 detainees in 2020.
That is, there has been an increase of more than 4000 percent from 2020 till now. So, the likelihood that 25 of those 116,000 were now on the terrorist list is quite possible.
Secondly, Alex Norasteh of the Cato Institute argues that they are mistakenly on the list.
There are currently three Colombian groups that are on the list of terrorist organizations in the United States: the Second Marquetalia, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) and the ELN.
The first two were joined late last year to replace the FARC, after it was determined that the group had already disbanded as part of the peace process.
And, in theory, only people who have ties to these groups should be listed as terrorists on the TSDS.
“But it is possible that some of these people had links with FARC—monetized— or with the United Self-Defense Forces of ColombiaAUC, groups that have already been removed from the list of terrorist organizations but their names still appear in TSDS as they have not been purged from the system,” Navarsteh told Examiner newspaper.
In any case, this is a new development that once again takes Colombia’s name in the eye of the storm and could complicate relations with Gustavo Petro’s new government.
Sergio Gomez Masseri