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Customs and Border Protection Refuses to Reveal Terror Watchlist Nationalities As Illegal Immigration Explodes on Its Watch

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has rejected a request by American media to reveal the nationalities of people on the FBI terror watchlist arrested at the border by Border Patrol, citing “privacy interests” of those involved.

The news outlet filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in October requesting the nationalities of suspects on the FBI terror watchlist arrested at the southern border entering between ports of entry by Border Patrol.

Over six months later, CBP told the outlet that it will not provide the information, although it acknowledges the information is maintained in the Terrorist Screening Dataset (TSDS). The letter says it is applying exemptions to protect the disclosure of files that may create a “clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy” and must balance a public’s right to disclosure against an individual’s right to privacy. 

“The privacy interests of the individuals in the records you have requested outweigh any minimal public interest in disclosure of the information,” it says. It should be noted that the news outlet did not request personal information, only the countries from which the encounters originated. (FN / VFI News)