8 Suspected ISIS-Linked Terrorists Arrested In 3 U.S. Cities After Illegally Crossing Border
US President Joe Biden speaks about gun safety at Everytown's Gun Sense University at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC, on June 11, 2024.
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Eight foreign nationals with suspected ties to ISIS were reportedly arrested in recent days in multiple U.S. cities after they illegally entered the country through the southern border.

The New York Post, which broke the story, cited unnamed “ICE sources,” reporting, “part of the investigation featured a wiretap which revealed one of the now-arrested individuals was talking about bombs.”

Out of the eight suspects, at least two entered the U.S. last spring, and one of those men used the Border Patrol app (CBP One) to claim asylum, sources told NBC.

Critics and immigration hawks say that the app was created by President Joe Biden’s administration to expedite the mass importation of illegal aliens who come to the U.S. primarily for economic opportunities and abuse the asylum system by claiming that they have credible fear for their safety back home, which shields them from deportation.

Personnel from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made the arrests over the weekend in New York City, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia.

NBC News reported that the eight men were all from Tajikistan. The Post said that among those arrested, at least six were Russian nationals.

The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force was reportedly monitoring the men after becoming aware of a potential terrorist threat to the U.S. homeland originating out of central Europe, NBC News reported.

“Over the last few days, ICE agents arrested several non-citizens pursuant to immigration authorities,” the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in a statement.

“The actions were carried out in close coordination with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Forces,” the statement continued. “The individuals arrested are detained in ICE custody pending removal proceedings. As the FBI and DHS have recently described in public and partner bulletins, the U.S. has been in a heightened threat environment. The FBI and DHS will continue working around the clock with our partners to identify, investigate, and disrupt potential threats to national security.”

Federal border officials said that the suspects were vetted at the border and claim no flags came up when they were screened against existing databases. They say information later became available that indicated the men had ties to terrorism.


This is far from the first time that terrorists from around the world have entered the southern border under Biden’s watch. Examples include an ISIS terrorist from Uzbekistan, a Hezb-e-Islami (HIG) terrorist, and an Al-Shabaab terrorist.

The terrorist threat to the U.S. homeland has worsened as a direct result of Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021. Since then, Islamic terrorists from around have gathered in Afghanistan and started rebuilding their organizations and the U.S. has very limited options to surveil and disrupt their networks.

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