Border Patrol’s Mistakes Lead to Release of Suspected Terrorist

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A Colombian national on the FBI’s terrorism watch list was released into the U.S. by U.S. Border Patrol agents due to “multiple mistakes,” according to a report by the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general. The individual was apprehended near Yuma, Arizona, in April 2022 and released two days later. Border Patrol agents failed to provide the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center with necessary information confirming the individual’s watch list status. The report cited ineffective practices, such as sending interview requests to the wrong email address and not coordinating fully with the Terrorist Screening Center. It took Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) more than two weeks to bring the individual back into custody. The surge of migrants at the southern border was blamed for the rushed release. The incident has further fueled criticism of President Biden’s handling of the border crisis.