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400 migrants brought to US by ISIS-affiliated network, 50 still at large: Report

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An ISIS-affiliated human smuggling network has facilitated the entry of more than 400 immigrants from Central Asia into the United States, according to government officials who spoke with NBC News. The officials said over 50 of these immigrants are currently at large within the country and their whereabouts are unknown.

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has classified these immigrants as “subjects of concern.” Recently, DHS has intensified its scrutiny of migrants originating from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Moldova, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Russia, citing ISIS-K’s activity in these countries.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) allowed the 400 immigrants into the country several months ago without realizing their ties to the ISIS-affiliated smuggling network. The migrants were not on the terror watch list upon entry.

More than 150 of the immigrants have been arrested, with some facing deportation. However, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues to search for over four dozen individuals, intending to apprehend them on immigration charges once their locations are confirmed.

A senior Biden administration official informed NBC News that new evidence linking some of these immigrants to ISIS has prompted officials to exercise caution. The administration aims to mitigate potential risks by using its authority expansively and appropriately.

When asked about the initial report, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas called the reporting “incorrect.”

“We do not have identified 400 people with potential ISIS ties,” Mayorkas said. “And let me again assure you that individuals who are identified to have those ties would pose a concern to us from a public safety and security perspective, and they would be priorities for detention and removal.”

Earlier this month, Straight Arrow News reported that authorities detained eight suspected terrorists with possible ties to ISIS in major U.S. cities. Federal sources said that all eight individuals underwent thorough vetting and were subsequently released into the U.S. after crossing the southern border in 2023 and 2024.

FBI Director Christopher Wray issued a warning to Congress in March, emphasizing the escalating terrorist threats facing the nation.

“I believe the terrorist threat level we’re currently contending with is at a whole other level from the already heightened threat we were seeing even before Oct. 7,” Wray said. “We’ve witnessed a veritable rogue gallery of foreign terrorist organizations calling for attacks against the U.S. in ways we haven’t seen in a long time.”

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[LAUREN TAYLOR]

AN ISIS-AFFILIATED HUMAN SMUGGLING NETWORK BROUGHT MORE THAN 400 IMMIGRANTS FROM CENTRAL ASIA TO AMERICA – GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TOLD NBC NEWS.

AND NOW MORE THAN FIFTY OF THEM ARE AT LARGE IN THE U.S. — THEIR WHEREABOUTS UNKNOWN.

THE OFFICIALS SAID DHS CONSIDERS THESE IMMIGRANTS “SUBJECTS OF CONCERN.”

RECENTLY, DHS HAS BEEN LOOKING INTO MIGRANTS WHO’VE COME FROM TAJIKISTAN, UZBEKISTAN, MOLDOVA, GEORGIA, KYRGYZSTAN, RUSSIA AND GEORGIA AS OFFICIALS SAY ISIS-K HAS BEEN ACTIVE IN THESE COUNTRIES.

OFFICIALS SAY – U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION ALLOWED THE 400 IMMIGRANTS INTO THE COUNTRY MONTHS AGO BEFORE KNOWING THEY WERE TIED TO THE ISIS-AFFILIATED SMUGGLING NETWORK. ADDING  THE MIGRANTS WERE NOT ON THE TERROR WATCH LIST,  

SO FAR — MORE THAN 150 OF THEM HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AND SOME EVEN DEPORTED. ICE IS  STILL SEARCHING FOR MORE THAN FOUR DOZEN OF THEM AND PLANS TO ARREST THEM ON IMMIGRATION CHARGES ONCE THEY’RE FINALLY LOCATED. 

A SENIOR BIDEN ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL TOLD NBC NEWS – NEW INFORMATION CONNECTING SOME OF THE INDIVIDUALS TO ISIS IS LEADING OFFICIALS TO TAKE EXTRA CARE “AND OUT OF AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION MAKE SURE THAT WE EXERCISE OUR AUTHORITY IN THE MOST EXPANSIVE AND APPROPRIATE WAY TO MITIGATE RISK BECAUSE OF THIS POTENTIAL CONNECTION BEING MADE.”

EARLIER THIS MONTH, STRAIGHT ARROW NEWS REPORTED ON THE FACT THAT AUTHORITIES HAD DETAINED EIGHT SUSPECTED TERRORISTS WITH POSSIBLE TIES TO ISIS IN MAJOR U.S. CITIES.

FEDERAL SOURCES SAID ALL EIGHT INDIVIDUALS WERE “FULLY VETTED AND RELEASED INTO THE U.S.” AFTER CROSSING THE SOUTHERN BORDER IN 2023 AND 2024.

FBI DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER WRAY WARNED CONGRESS IN MARCH OF GROWING TERROR THREATS FACING THE U.S.

(CHRISTOPHER WRAY / FBI DIRECTOR)

“I BELIEVE THE TERRORIST THREAT LEVEL THAT WE’RE CONTENDING WITH RIGHT NOW IS AT A WHOLE NOTHER LEVEL FROM AN ALREADY HEIGHTENED TERRORIST THREAT LEVEL WE WERE ALREADY SEEING, EVEN BEFORE OCTOBER 7TH. AND I SAY THAT FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS. FIRST, YOU’VE SEEN A VERITABLE ROUGE GALLERY OF FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS CALLING FOR TERRORIST ATTACKS AGAINST US IN A WAY WE HAVEN’T SEEN IN A LONG, LONG TIME.” 

[LAUREN TAYLOR]

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