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Tweet about apprehension of 'potential terrorist' who illegally entered the country deleted from Border Patrol official's account because it violated agency protocols, CBP says


A tweet posted earlier this month mentioning the apprehension of a "potential terrorist" who had unlawfully traveled into America from Mexico has been deleted from the account of Yuma Sector Chief Patrol Agent Chris T. Clem.

"The 21-year-old migrant from Saudi Arabia is linked to several Yemeni subjects of interest," part of the tweet said, according to Fox News.

The outlet reported that U.S. Customs and Border Protection public affairs assistant commissioner Luis Miranda noted via a statement that the post was deleted because "it contained law enforcement sensitive information, violating agency protocols."

"All individuals encountered at or between U.S. ports of entry are screened and vetted against a broad range of law enforcement and intelligence information to determine if they pose a threat to national security or public safety, consistent with the law," the statement noted. "CBP is continuing to investigate the matter following its standard protocols. This may include referral, if appropriate, to other relevant law enforcement entities for further investigation and a custody determination."

The Saudi Embassy issued a statement saying that the person is not a Saudi citizen.

"Based on the engagement with the relevant U.S authorities on this matter, the Embassy confirms that the individual mentioned here is not a Saudi citizen," the statement said.

The U.S. continues to have a significant problem along its southern border: Month after month, CBP has been recording large numbers of southwest land border encounters. The November figure was 173,620.

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