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Saudi student arrested after ‘threatening to blow up White House’

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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A Saudi Arabian national who entered the United States on a student visa was arrested in January after he threatened to blow up the White House, according to written and verbal testimony presented to Congress last week by two top officials of the Department of Homeland Security.

The revelation came in a hearing called on March 6 by the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security to examine why a Moroccan national, Amine El Khalifi, had been able to remain in the United States for 13 years after his tourist visa expired before he was arrested last month for allegedly attempting to commit a suicide bombing at the U.S. Capitol.

At the March 6 hearing, DHS tried to highlight some of its successes in tracking down dangerous aliens who have been let into the United States.

“In January 2012, for example,” said Peter Edge, DHS’s deputy associate director for Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigations, “ICE special agents from our Washington, D.C., office arrested a Saudi Arabian national who was admitted as an F-1 nonimmigrant student and violated the term and condition of his admission.

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