Two Yemeni men on the FBI’s terror watch list have been arrested in recent months for illegally entering the United States from Mexico, federal authorities said Monday.
The men, 33 and 26, were arrested near California’s Calexico port of entry in separate incidents on Jan. 29 and March 30, respectively, according to Customs and Border Protection.
The older man was found with a mobile phone SIM card located under the insole of his shoe, CBD said.
Record checks conducted after both men were captured revealed that they were on a government watch list for terrorism suspects and on a “no-fly” list, authorities said.
CBD did not reveal the identities of the men.
The terrorism watch list includes individuals who “are known or reasonably suspected of being involved in terrorist activity,” according to the FBI.
News of the arrests comes as the number of migrants heading to the U.S.-Mexico border has risen since President Joe Biden took office, challenging his administration as he works to house Unaccompanied minors arriving in large numbers.
And last month, Republican lawmakers pacing the southern border had said, citing Customs and Border Protection agents, that some suspected terrorists were heading for the crossing.
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