A Yemeni citizen on the FBI’s Terrorism Watch List was arrested last week attempting to enter the U.S illegally, officials said on Monday.
The 26-year-old, who remains unidentified, was arrested on March 30th two miles west from the border crossing in Calexico, California, which is 130 miles east of San Diego, said Customs and Border Protection.
The individual is being held in federal custody and will be deported back to Yemen.
“Part of the Border Patrol’s mission states we will protect the country from terrorists,” said Chief Patrol Agent Gregory Bovino. “Today, like every other day, our agents did that. 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.”
This is the second incident that a member of the Terrorism Watch List was arrested trying to illegally cross the southern border.
On January 29th, agents arrested another Yemeni man attempting to cross near the same border crossing. The man had a cell phone and sim cards hidden underneath his shoe. The individual was on the Terrorism Watch List and the No-Fly List.