Border patrol apprehends Saudi suspected of terror ties in Yemen

"#BorderSecurity is #NationalSecurity," Chief Patrol Agent Chris Clem tweeted with his announcement of the apprehension of a 'potential terrorist'

Updated: December 21, 2021 - 4:00pm

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U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended a Saudi Arabian citizen with suspected ties to terror interests in Yemen after he illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border, officials announced.

Chief Patrol Agent Chris Clem announced the apprehension by agents in the Yuma Sector, Arizona, on Twitter, calling the detained Saudi a "potential terrorist." 

The 21-year-old man came from Saudi Arabia, and Clem said he is connected to "several Yemeni subjects of interest."

The man wore a jacket with an American flag patch and a Central Oneida County Volunteer Ambulance patch, officials said. 

The head of the New York-based Central Oneida Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Thomas Meyers, told Fox News that the man is not connected with the organization. Meyers does not know the man, nor does he know how the 21-year-old acquired the jacket, which is outdated from the current style in use by the corps.

Clem concluded his tweet with "#BorderSecurity is #NationalSecurity."

The apprehension comes as illegal immigration at the southern border is hitting record highs. November 2021 saw more illegal immigrant encounters than ever before with more than 173,600 apprehensions by the U.S. Border Patrol.