U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have removed a press release from their website announcing the arrest of two Yemeni nationals on this year’s illegal cross-border terrorism watchlist.
Officials have removed the release because “it has not been properly reviewed and some information and policies related to national security have been disclosed,” CBP spokesman Justin Long told The Post Tuesday.
The press release, archived online on Wayback Machine, was first published Monday. But it is no longer accessible on the CBP website. When clicking the link, the reader will be directed to a page that says “Access Denied” and “You are not authorized to access this page”;. any
The deleted release states that U.S. border patrol officers from CBP’s El Centro region in southern California arrested two Yemeni men in January and March, found on the FBI’s Terrorism Surveillance List and No- Federal Fly
The release featured two men with black stripes above their eyes.
The first man, 33, who was unidentified, was arrested on Jan. 29 at about 1:10 a.m., about three miles west of the port of Calexico, two hours east of San Diego, the state in which it was archived. permanent
When agents searched the man and examined his records, they found he had a SIM card hidden under the soles of his shoes and on the FBI’s terrorist surveillance and flying ban lists.
In an archived release, the CBP said the man was moved to the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, responsible for deporting people back to their home country.
The second incident occurred on March 30 at around 11:30 p.m. when officers arrested a 26-year-old unidentified man about two miles west of the same entrance port and realized he was on the federal safety list. The same, which is the release state that has been removed
The CBP said the man was detained by the federal government “under removal”.
“As part of the border patrol mission, we’re going to protect the country from terrorists,” said Chief Patrol Officer Gregory K.
“Today, just like any other day that our representatives do. These fears at our borders illustrate the importance of our mission and how can we not stop being alert to our daily mission to protect this great country. ”
When pressed by The Post to clarify safety snafu details, a CBP spokesperson punted.
“It is CBP’s policy not to confirm the status of any law enforcement or national security investigation,” the spokesperson said.