Border Patrol Catches Two Yemeni Men On Terrorist Watch List Entering Country Illegally

U.S. Border Patrol Agents arrested two Yemeni men who were on the terrorist watch list after they entered the country illegally near a port of entry in California. The men were not together and have been taken into custody.

The first according to CPB: “Occurred on January 29, at approximately 1:10 a.m., when agents assigned to the El Centro Station arrested a man for illegally entering the United States. Agents apprehended the man approximately three miles west of the Calexico Port of Entry and transported him to the El Centro Processing Center for immigration and criminal history screening.

“Agents conducted records checks, which revealed that the man, a 33-year-old illegal alien from Yemen, was on the FBI’s Terrorism Watch List as well as on the No-Fly list.

“Additionally, agents found a cellular phone sim card hidden underneath the insole of his shoe.”

The second according to CPB: “Occurred on March 30, at approximately 11:30 p.m., when agents assigned to the El Centro Station arrested a man for illegally entering the United States. Agents apprehended the man approximately two miles west of the Calexico Port of Entry and transported him to the El Centro Processing Center for immigration and criminal history screening.

Agents conducted records checks, which revealed that the man, a 26-year-old illegal alien from Yemen, was also on the FBI’s Terrorism Watch List and on the No-Fly list.   The man is being held in federal custody pending removal.”

From VOA:

One of the men, age 33, was arrested January 29 after allegedly attempting to cross the border illegally near a port of entry in Calexico, California, CBP said. 

Border agents found a mobile phone SIM card beneath the insole of the man’s shoe, the agency said. 

The second man, age 26, was arrested March 30 in the same vicinity. 

A CBP spokesman said in a written statement that it is very uncommon for border agents to encounter people suspected of terrorism at U.S. borders and that the arrests underscore the agency’s critical vetting efforts. 

The agency did not provide the names of the men. 

The watchlist is maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Terrorism Screening Center. The list contains “the identities of those who are known or reasonably suspected of being involved in terrorist activities,” according to the FBI.

“The No Fly List is a small subset of the U.S. government Terrorist Screening Database (also known as the terrorist watchlist) that contains the identity information of known or suspected terrorists. This database is maintained by the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center,” according to TSA.gov.