According to testimony presented to Congress last week by two top officials of the Department of Homeland Security, 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.
The revelation was made during a March 6 hearing by the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security examining why a Moroccan national, Amine El Khalifi, was able to remain in the United States for 13 years after his tourist visa expired, according to CNSNews. He was arrested last month for allegedly attempting to commit a suicide bombing at the U.S. Capitol.
“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. The individual was referred for investigation after his status was terminated in SEVIS [Student and Exchange Visitor Information System] for failure to maintain student status as well as for possessing several indicators of national security concerns, including threatening to blow up the White House and the Saudi Arabian cultural mission to the United States.”
According to CNSNews, Federal authorities were unable to provide information about the student status or length of time the Saudi national who allegedly threatened to blow up the White House had been in the country, or whether he was charged with any crime.