National Security

Two Yemeni migrants on FBI terror watch list apprehended

A U.S. Border Protection agent walks along the U.S.-Mexico border fence / Getty Images • April 6, 2021 3:00 pm

Federal authorities in recent months detained two Yemeni men on terror watchlists as they attempted to cross the U.S.-Mexico border.

The two men, whom authorities did not name, crossed the border in the last three months and were apprehended in southwest California. Customs and Border Protection said both men were on a no-fly list and a federal terror watch list.

Gregory K. Bovino, chief patrol agent of the border sector where the men were apprehended, said in a statement that has since been deleted from CBP’s website that the arrests highlight how important the mission of securing the border is for the safety of all Americans.

“Part of the Border Patrol’s mission states we will protect the country from terrorists,” Bovino said, according to an archived copy of the statement. “These apprehensions at our border illustrates the importance of our mission and how we can never stop being vigilant in our everyday mission to protect this great country.”

The Biden administration has not said why the statement, as well as a tweet on the arrests from Department of Homeland Security, were deleted. Neither CBP nor DHS responded to requests for comment.

The news of terror suspects trespassing at the American border comes weeks after the media downplayed such allegations. In March, a delegation of House Republicans visited the Mexican border during a historic surge beginning at the start of the Biden administration. Republicans told the Washington Free Beacon terrorists had approached the U.S.-Mexican border and endangered national security. Critics in the media, however, rated such claims “dubious” and said the government provided “conflicting” disclosures about the number of suspected terrorists.


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