Correspondent in Mexico City
The border chief, Chris T. Clem, released the news through his Twitter account: “Agents detained a potential terrorist who entered the United States illegally from Mexico on Thursday night. The 21-year-old immigrant from Saudi Arabia is linked to various topics of Yemeni interest ». This Yuma sector manager of the border patrol is in charge of a section of the desert of the same name located in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. In which one of the most inhospitable desertifications in America is found due to an average rainfall of less than 200mm per year. And where about 400 migrants are intercepted on average a day.
Although the arrest of the alleged terrorist occurred last Thursday, December 16 at night, it was not made known until Monday through this discreet message on social networks. The media, both Mexican and American, initially assured that he was a Saudi citizen. However, the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in the United States has stepped up, confirming eleven hours later that the subject does not come from this Muslim countryIn the meantime, they would continue to collaborate with the Biden government and present “any facts on this matter.”
The suspect was wearing an official medical volunteer uniform. A clothing in which, in addition to the typical reflective bands, a United States flag and a patch from Oneida County, belonging to the state of New York, stood out. The Arizona Upper House congratulated the Border Patrol in charge of the arrest since it was in this state where the offender was arrested. Karen Fann, president of the Arizona Senate and a member of the Republican Party, called the news “disturbing”, but went so far as to affirm that she did not consider it “surprising.”
Indeed, the United States ambassador to Mexico, Ken Salazar, visited the border two days after the event. The highest US authority on Mexican soil flew over the Yuma desert “to prevent human trafficking, protect migrants, and keep the shared border safe.”