A Saudi Arabian man described by a Border Patrol official as a “potential terrorist” was arrested in Arizona last week after illegally crossing into the US.
The unidentified 21-year-old was nabbed near Yuma, Ariz. Thursday evening, Yuma Sector Chief Border Patrol Agent Chris Clem tweeted Monday.
“#USBP #YumaSector agents apprehended a potential terrorist who illegally entered the U.S. from Mexico Thursday night,” Clem wrote. “The 21-year-old migrant from Saudi Arabia is linked to several Yemeni subjects of interest. #BorderSecurity is #NationalSecurity.”
Clem did not elaborate on the “Yemeni subjects of interest.”
Images of the man accompanying Clem’s tweet show him wearing a jacket with a backward American flag patch on one sleeve, and one that reads “Central Oneida County Volunteer Ambulance Corps” on the other.
Thomas Meyers, the Central Oneida County Volunteer Ambulance Corps chief, told Fox News Monday that the man stopped at the border is not affiliated with the organization.
Meyers added that the jacket appears to be an older version of what the ambulance corps wears now and he did not know how the man obtained it.
The apprehension of the “potential terrorist” comes amid a new surge of immigrants crossing into the US.
Customs and Border Protection agents stopped more than 173,000 illegal immigrants in November, an increase of more than 5 percent over October’s figure.
The number of arrests hit 213,593 in July, the most for a single month in at least 21 years, but then began to trend downward — even though the numbers remained above past years.
November’s 173,620 stops were twice as many as the 72,113 apprehensions reported in November 2020 and more than four times higher than the 42,643 arrests reported in the same month in 2019.