The White House is downplaying the national security implications of two suspected terrorists being arrested at the southern border as federal officials struggle with a surge in migrant crossings under President Joe Biden.
It is “uncommon” for border agents to apprehend known or suspected terrorists, White House press secretary Jen Psaki insisted Tuesday.
“While this is rare, this is a reflection of them doing their jobs,” Psaki told reporters, referring to Border Patrol and other federal officers.
Two Yemeni men on the FBI’s terror watch and “no-fly” lists were arrested within two months of one another on the U.S.-Mexico border in California, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection.
The first man, 33, was stopped on Jan. 29 after he allegedly tried to cross the border near Calexico. He had a mobile phone SIM card in his shoe. The second man, 26, was detained after