Eight People Tied to Islamic State Arrested in U.S.

Eight people from Tajikistan with ties to the Islamic State were arrested in New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles, anonymous sources told the Associated Press on June 11.

The individuals illegally entered the United States through the southern border last spring and were released by the Biden administration after passing a screening process.

They are now awaiting removal from the country while in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which made the arrests while working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Terrorism threat: fbi Director Christopher Wray said at a recent congressional hearing that officials are “concerned about the terrorism implications from potential targeting of vulnerabilities at the border.” In March, he drew the Senate Intelligence Committee’s attention to a network operating at the southern border with “[Islamic State] ties that we are very concerned about.”

In August 2023, the U.S. said it stopped a network trying to smuggle people from Uzbekistan into the country, with at least one of the members having links to a foreign terrorist group.

Border crisis: The recent arrests mark the latest evidence that the open southern border is a curse on the nation. Each week, thousands of people and numerous organizations are given the opportunity to infiltrate, commit crime and unleash terrorism in the U.S. The worst part is the Biden administration is intentionally allowing this.

To learn why, read “The Intentional Border Crisis.”