Jordanian who tried to breach Marine Corps Base Quantico was in US illegally, sources say

One of the two Jordanian nationals who tried to breach Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia earlier this month crossed into the U.S. illegally in April before he was released from custody, multiple Department of Homeland Security sources have revealed to Fox News.

The individual, who along with his colleague is now in ICE custody awaiting removal proceedings, crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in the San Diego sector, the sources said.

He was later released on a notice to appear in court because there was no initial derogatory information found regarding him, the sources added. They said the other Jordanian national was an overstay on a student visa.

The attempted breach happened on May 3. A spokesperson for the base said two people in a box truck were stopped at a gate, with the driver allegedly telling military police officers they were making a delivery to the post office and worked for a company subcontracted by Amazon.


The main gate of the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia, on March 22, 2013. (JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

However, an Amazon spokesperson told Fox News it does not appear these individuals were delivering on behalf of the company and that it is looking into the matter.

Because the men had no affiliation to the base and no approved credentials, they were directed to a holding area for vetting.

The Homeland Security sources that spoke to Fox News said that neither man has a criminal history in the U.S.

Their identities are being withheld over privacy concerns, officials also said.


Sen. Lindsey Graham, right, requested more information on the attempted breach of Marine Corps Base Quantico from DHS Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas. (Getty Images)

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is now facing scrutiny over the incident.

“Please explain how they came to the United States. Were they here illegally? Are either of them on any terrorist watchlist?” Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., questioned Mayorkas in a recent letter, also requesting the current status of the individuals.

The two Jordanian nationals are now in ICE custody. (Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)

Last night, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin said he wrote a letter to President Biden telling him “the attempted breach at Quantico, and the federal government’s silence on the immigration status of the individuals involved, reiterates the gravity of your failure to secure the southern border, and to provide state governments notice of illegal migrant relocations so I can protest the safety of all Virginians.”

The Republican governor added that he is “formally requesting that you immediately provide my Public Safety and Homeland Security leadership team and me a full briefing on these events.”

A spokesperson for DHS has told Fox News Digital that “DHS responds to congressional correspondence directly via official channels, and the Department will continue to respond appropriately to Congressional oversight.”

Fox News’ Adam Shaw, Bill Melugin and Julia Johnson contributed to this report.

Griff Jenkins currently serves as a Washington-based national correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC) and as a co-anchor of FOX News Live. He joined the network in 2003 as a radio producer and associate producer for War Stories with Oliver North.

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