A Jordanian national, who has Mexican citizenship, was arrested in New York for planning to smuggle six people from Yemen across the United States-Mexico Border. According to a report from the Justice Department, the man formed a multi-year plan to get the individuals from Yemen into Central America, where they would then be smuggled North into Texas.
From the Washington Examiner:
Moayad Heider Mohammad Aldairi, who resides in Monterrey, Mexico, was taken into custody at John F. Kennedy International Airport after disembarking an international flight. Several federal agencies accuse him of conspiring with others to smuggle six Yemeni nationals from Mexico to Texas in return for money.
The criminal complaint states that the 31-year-old man started in the second half of 2017 making plans to get six people across the ocean to Central America and then up to the U.S.
As of July 5, 2018, on the State Department’s website, there is a travel advisory for people wishing to head into Yemen which reads “Travel Advisory Yemen – Level 4: Do Not Travel.”
“Do not travel to Yemen due to terrorism, civil unrest, health, and armed conflict,” the warning continues.
And, “Terrorist groups continue to plot and conduct attacks in Yemen. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting public sites, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities.”
The country is so dangerous that the U.S. government suspended use of their embassy in Sana’a more than three years ago. “The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Yemen,” the warning reads.
No part of Yemen is immune to violence. A nationwide cessation of hostilities deteriorated in August 2016, and high levels of violence, to include armed conflict, artillery shelling, and air strikes, now persist in areas throughout the country. There are also reports of land mines in areas vacated by withdrawing forces.
Military conflict has caused significant destruction of infrastructure, housing, medical facilities, schools, and power and water utilities. This limits the availability of electricity, clean water, and medical care. This instability often hampers the ability of humanitarian organizations to deliver critically needed food, medicine, and water.
Yemen is home to the world’s largest cholera outbreak, and the disease is present throughout the entire country. Due to the ongoing security situation, there is limited availability of food, electricity, water, medicine and medical supplies; adequate medical treatment throughout Yemen may be unavailable.
The Daily Caller reports Aldairi has Mexican citizenship and conspired with people to smuggle “Special Interest Aliens” into the U.S.
“Alien smuggling puts our national security at risk, and the Criminal Division is dedicated to enforcing our immigration laws and disrupting the flow of illegal aliens into the United States,” Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski said, per the Daily Caller.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations led the operation and arrest of the Jordanian.
“The arrest of Aldairi showcases HSI’s unique ability to coordinate investigative efforts across international boundaries with multiple countries and different agencies throughout the U.S. Government,” Special Agent in Charge Shane M. Folden said, per Washington Examiner. “Attacking the leader/organizers of illicit international pathways for aliens from certain countries of interest will always be a priority of HSI.”