2 foreign nationals in ICE custody after attempted breach at major Marine base

Two foreign nationals are currently in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody after attempting to break into a Marine Corps base this month, officials confirmed Thursday.

The incident occurred on May 3rd at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. A base spokeswoman said two people in a box truck stopped at one of the gates. The drivers told military police they were delivering to the post office and working for an Amazon subcontractor.

Since they were not affiliated with the base or had any approved qualifications, they were escorted to a holding area for testing.

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The two aliens are currently in ICE custody. (Fox News)

“At that time, one of the military police officers noticed that the driver was ignoring the officer’s direct instructions and continued to move the vehicle beyond the holding area, attempting to enter Marine Corps Base Quantico,” the spokesperson said. Capt. Michael Curtis said. In a statement.

“Through their rapid response and mission execution, officers deployed a no-vehicle barrier, prevented further access to Marine Corps Base Quantico, and ultimately turned over the individual to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).” could be detained.) Custody.

No one was injured, and officers did not report a weapon. This breach was first reported on Potomac local news.

On Thursday, Fox News asked Acting ICE Director Patrick Rechleitner about the case, and he said he was familiar with the case and that the two men’s citizenship was in the process of being deported.

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Quantico Marine Corps Base

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ICE officials confirmed to Fox News that both suspects are Jordanian nationals. Rechleitner was asked if he could confirm reports that at least one of them was on a terrorist watch list and whether they were in the country illegally.

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“I can’t confirm anything like that right now,” he said.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked about the incident at a White House briefing and confirmed that the men were in ICE custody.


“So I’m going to be very careful. These two Jordanians you’re talking about are still in ICE custody. And given that this is an active matter for law enforcement. I will have to refer you to ICE,” she said. .

FOX News’ Peter Doocy contributed to this report.

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