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Border Patrol agents reveal how easily terrorists and killers get into US despite being screened

(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 distasterous situation.

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

Fugitive 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.