Report: ICE is withholding names of Jordanian nationals who tried to access Virginia Marine Corps base

QUANTICO, VA - “We cannot proactively release the names, as this could potentially affect their removal proceedings,” a statement from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said on Friday.

The statement was made when the agency revealed that the identities of the two Jordanian nationals that attempted to gain access to a Virgina Marine Corps base on May 3, are not being released just yet.

On Thursday, Marine Corp officials confirmed the “attempted breach” at Quantico Marine Corps Base. A spokesperson said that a box truck with two individuals was stopped at a gate leading onto the base. Fox News reported that “the driver allegedly told military police officers that they were making a delivery to the post office and worked for a company subcontracted by Amazon.”

Marine Corps spokesperson Captain Michael Curtis explained in a statement, “It was at that time, one of the military police officers noticed the driver, ignoring the direct instructions of the officers, continued to move the vehicle past the holding area and attempted to access Marine Corps Base Quantico.”

Following their arrest for trespassing, Marine Corps officials turned the two individuals over to ICE. Confirmation of the arrest of the Jordanian illegals came in a statement from ICE, who also stated that the two are in the custody of Enforcement and Removal Operation (ERO), however no further information was provided about their cases.

“Regardless of nationality, ICE makes custody determinations on a case-by-case basis, in accordance with U.S. law and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policy, considering the circumstances of each case. ICE officers make decisions on associated enforcement actions and apply prosecutorial discretion in a responsible manner, informed by their experience as law enforcement professionals and in a way that best protects the communities we serve,” a spokesperson with ICE said.

Patrick Lechleitner, acting ICE Director, has said that the two illegals were in removal proceedings and that he is aware of the case. He did not provide additional comments. Citing that this is a law enforcement matter, the White House has also declined to comment.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulation 8 CFR 208.6 is a federal regulation to “generally prohibit the disclosure to third parties of information contained in or pertaining to asylum applications, credible fear determinations, and reasonable fear determinations.”

DHS explains that “this regulation safeguards information that, if disclosed publicly, could subject the claimant to retaliatory measures by government authorities or nonstate actors in the event that the claimant is repatriated, or endanger the security if the claimant’s family members who may still be residing in the country of origin.”

This could indicate that an asylum claim is pending for one or both illegals. Therefore, releasing their identities could impact removal efforts.

Former acting ICE Director Tom Homan spoke to Fox News Digital saying, “[T]hey probably made a claim of asylum, or they already had an asylum claim made. So, ICE is protecting information based on [the regulation].”

Homan went on to say, “[T]he DHS secretary has the authority to override that regulation if there is derogatory information about the nationals, for instance if they have prior criminal or terrorist charges or convictions.

“I think if there’s derogatory information, these guys are a terror threat, then the Secretary has a duty to override 8 CFR. The American people have a right to know, are there terrorists in this country, and it’d be further proof that the border is open to those who want to do us harm.”

Former ICE field office director John Fabbricatore, who is running for a Republican Congressional seat in Colorado said, “[I]f it is an asylum claim, I think ICE should just come out and say, ‘Due to an asylum claim, we’re not going to release these two names, but these two individuals did enter, say, on the southern border illegally, or they entered as students and then claimed asylum later on,’ I don’t see the negative in at least allowing the public to know how the method of entry was, at least that.

“The only way ICE doesn’t know their immigration history is if they had somehow managed to enter the U.S. with no detection whatsoever as a gotaway. But that’s even more alarming. If these two were gotaways and got in a truck and tried to enter a military base, that’s even more concerning, right?”

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