Two Yemenis on Terror Watchlist Arrested Trying to Cross US-Mexico Border

Cornelia Mascio
Aprile 7, 2021

On Monday, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency published a press release detailing Border Patrol agents' apprehension of two illegal aliens from Yemen who are on the FBI's Terrorism Watch List and the No-Fly List.

The men, arrested in January and March near a port of entry in California, were on a USA government watchlist for terrorism suspects and a no-fly list, CBP said in a press release.

Months before - just eight days after President Joe Biden took office - on January 29, a 33-year-old illegal alien from Yemen was apprehended in southern California by Border Patrol agents.

A group of Republican lawmakers that visited the border in El Paso, Texas, in March said border agents told them during the trip that some people caught crossing the border were on a us terrorism watchlist.

When the agents approached the group, the men and teen ran away.

The second man, age 26, was arrested March 30 in the same vicinity. They were wearing torn wetsuits but not carrying any other gear such as surfboards, Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Jeff Stephenson said.

The watchlist is maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Terrorism Screening Center. In addition to discovering that the migrant was on both watch lists, border patrol also "found a cellular phone sim card hidden underneath the insole of his shoe" before transferring him into Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody.

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