U.S. Border Patrol brokers detained two males on a federal terrorism watchlist who tried to cross the southern border illegally, the company stated in a press release on Monday.
USBP detained the primary suspect on January 29 and the second on March 30, whereas they tried to cross into the U.S. close to the Calexico border crossing in southern California. Each suspects are Yemeni nationals and are on the FBI’s terrorism watchlist and no-fly listing. The suspects have since been transferred to federal custody.
“A part of the Border Patrol’s mission states we are going to defend the nation from terrorists,” Chief Patrol Agent Gregory Okay. Bovino stated in a assertion. “These apprehensions at our border illustrates the significance of our mission and the way we will by no means cease being vigilant in our on a regular basis mission to guard this nice nation.”
The newest announcement comes after the Border Patrol informed Axios on March 16 that 4 males on the terrorism watchlist had been detained between October 1, 2020 and March 2021. It was not instantly clear if the suspect detained on January 29 was included within the depend supplied to Axios.
“Whereas encounters of recognized and suspected terrorists at our borders are very unusual, they underscore the significance of the crucial work our brokers perform each day to vet all people encountered at our borders,” USBP spokesman Justin Lengthy informed the Every day Caller.
The vast majority of migrants trying to cross the southern border come from Mexico and Central America. Division of Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas stated in March that the U.S. is “on tempo to come across extra people on the southwest border than we have now within the final 20 years.”
The Border Patrol detained over 171,000 migrants in March. Of these, 18,800 had been unaccompanied minors, breaking the earlier one-month report of 11,861 migrant kids detained in Might 2019.