U.S. Customs and Border Protection has encountered an unprecedented number of illegal migrants on the FBI’s terrorist watch list this year —but this time, they let one free in the U.S.
According to reports from multiple media outlets, Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) has arrested a Senegalese migrant with terror ties who was wandering free in the country for two weeks; he was originally processed and released.
ICE issued a press release on the matter…
“Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) New York City announced the arrest of an unlawfully present Mauritanian or Senegalese citizen wanted by Senegalese authorities for criminal conspiracy in relation to a terrorist organization; destruction, degradation and damages in relation to a terrorist organization; acts or preparatory acts aimed at compromising public safety or causing serious political troubles; direct provocation of an armed crowd; and holding arms without prior administrative authorization.”
“ERO New York City’s Fugitive Operations team arrested the 29-year-old non-citizen without incident outside of 26 Federal Plaza in New York. He will remain in custody, without bond, pending removal proceedings.”
Great that he was caught —not so great that he was wandering free for two weeks. It’s a major intelligence failure. The ICE statement continues…
“On Oct. 3, U.S. Border Patrol encountered the non-citizen in the area of Monument Hill near Lukeville, Arizona. Officials processed him and served him a notice to appear as a noncitizen present without admission or parole. The non-citizen was released on his own recognizance and provided with documentation to report to ERO New York City.”
“On Oct. 10, Homeland Security Investigations agents attached to the FBI’s Counter Terrorism Division notified ERO New York City that the noncitizen was wanted in Senegal for terroristic activities.”
Estimates suggest more than 800,000 individuals have entered the U.S. illegally and undetected as “gotaways.”
House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan shared the story on X, asking “What is the Biden Administration doing?”
Very little, Mr. Jordan. Very little.