Border Agents Sound Alarm, Reveal How Easy It Is For Terrorists And Killers To Get Into U.S.

New York Post

(New York Post) Overwhelmed US border agents say violent offenders and potential terror threats are not getting singled out from the thousands of people caught illegally infiltrating the country every day.

The border enforcers are sounding the alarm, saying they do not get enough time to effectively screen people before they are ordered to let them go — usually within three days.

Disorganized and uncooperative foreign governments with poor record-keeping also do not help, allowing a Colombian murderer, Somali terrorist and an Afghan on the terror watchlist to run free inside the country, the sources say.

“It’s a catch-and-release operation, so they bring in busloads of people, they fingerprint them and [run them through a system], and initially, a lot of times, nothing comes back on these people,” a Border Patrol agent said of the distastrous situation.

“The turnover is insane, it’s less than 72 hours.”

Border Patrol agents release migrants bused to the streets of San Diego
US Border Patrol agents release migrants on the streets of San Diego, Calif. James Breeden for New York PostA second Border Patrol agent added, “Full checks in 72 hours is next to impossible.“On top of that, with the numbers we get, it’s highly probable that people are going to slip through the cracks,” the source said.“We lack information-sharing with other countries. Most countries are decades behind us with technology and policing practices, so when we detain these guys, mostly there’s nothing on them except [if they have] terrorism or previous US charges.”Between 180,000 and 300,000 migrants have been caught illegally crossing the southwest US border every month since July 2023 — and all of them have to be screened and processed pronto by Border Patrol agents.

“We received direct orders from the top to literally ‘process faster,’ ” a third Border Patrol agent said.

Several recent arrests illustrate how border authorities released migrants before knowing exactly who they are dealing with.

Dangerous Colombian migrant Efrain Vidales-Vargas during his ICE arrest
Colombian migrant Efrain Vidales-Vargas was convicted of murder back home. ICE

Fugutive Colombian murderer

Border Patrol encountered a convicted murderer from Colombia, Efrain Vidales Vargas, 49, after he crossed illegally into San Luis, Ariz., on Nov. 27, 2023, federal authorities say.

Vargas was turned over to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which learned of his criminal history Dec. 11, 2023, but still released him into the country two days later with a future court immigration date because the agency lacked detention space, according to NewsNation.

ICE eventually re-apprehended Vargas in Pittsfield, Mass., on May 6 after learning of an Interpol notice seeking his arrest, the outlet reported.

Vargas was first arrested by authorities in Colombia in 2014 and convicted of aggravated homicide, aggravated theft and possession of a weapon in 2016, when he was sentenced to 17 years in prison. It wasn’t immediately clear how he ended up able to cross the US border with a decade still to go on his prison sentence in Colombia.

Afghan terror suspect

Mohammad Kharwin, 48, illegally entered the US near San Ysidro, Calif., in March of 2023 but was processed and freed.

It took almost a year for the FBI to notify ICE that Kharwin was a suspected member of the US-designated foreign terror group Hezb-e-Islami, or HIG. He was re-arested Feb. 28 in San Antonio, Texas, and after a paperwork mishap, briefly let go before he was finally taken in again April 11. He remains in federal custody.

Mugshot of Isnardo Garcia-Amado
Colombian national Isnardo Garcia-Amado was on the terror watchlist but still allowed into the US. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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