Two Yemeni men on the FBI’s terror watchlist were arrested in recent months for illegally entering the US from Mexico, federal authorities said Monday.
The men, ages 33 and 26, were busted near the Calexico Port of Entry in California in separate incidents on Jan. 29 and March 30, respectively, according to the Customs and Border Protection.
The older man was found with a mobile phone SIM card located underneath the insole of his shoe, CBD said.
Records checks conducted after both men were caught revealed they were on a government watchlist for terrorism suspects and a “no-fly” list, authorities said.
CBD did not release the identities of the men.
The terror watchlist includes people who are “known to be or reasonably suspected of being involved in terrorist activities,” according to the FBI.
News of the arrests come as the number of migrants heading to the US-Mexico border has swelled since President Joe Biden took office, representing a challenge for his administration as it works to house unaccompanied minors arriving in large numbers.
And last month, Republican lawmakers touring the southern border had said, citing Customs and Border Protection agents, that some suspected terrorists had been heading to the crossing.
With Post wires