An Afghan national on the FBI’s terror watchlist was arrested crossing illegally into California on Wednesday, California politicians have confirmed.
"On Wednesday, I received word from Border Patrol Officials that an Afghani on the terror watchlist was arrested at our Southern Border,” San Diego County District 5 Supervisor Jim Desmond said in a statement. “This apprehension occurred after the individual crossed the border alongside a group of migrants near Otay Mesa, CA.”
Statement on Arrest of Afghani on Terror Watch List at Border. pic.twitter.com/FtFhnIiRbS— Supervisor Jim Desmond (@jim_desmond) May 14, 2023
Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) also confirmed the arrest, telling Fox News Biden’s policies are an “open invitation” to terrorists.
I can confirm that a wanted terrorist crossed our open border in the San Diego region just days ago — even if the Biden Administration won’t.— Rep. Darrell Issa (@repdarrellissa) May 14, 2023
Numerous Border Patrol agents are reaching out to me. They hate what Biden and his enablers have done and they want the American people to know the truth.— Rep. Darrell Issa (@repdarrellissa) May 14, 2023
I have reached out to CBP for comment, they tell me they will get back to me.— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) May 14, 2023
CA Congressman @DarrellIssa represents the area, and tells me his office has confirmed the arrest with their CBP contact. He released the following statement in response. pic.twitter.com/Gs5TIdfFk6
"Biden’s open borders aren’t just a gateway to five million illegals, record human and child trafficking and the deadliest drug crisis in our history," Issa said. "Biden’s reckless policy is also an open invitation to even the most wanted terrorists in the world to come to America. They know they’ll never have to leave. The nation knows what’s going on and this president has only begun to be held accountable for what he has done."
The FBI would not comment on the arrest, only telling media outlets the agency remains "vigilant in our efforts to detect and assess possible threats and we work closely with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to keep our communities safe."