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Republicans Press Mayorkas on How ISIS-Linked Migrants Got into U.S.

House Republicans on the Homeland Security Committee are pressuring Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and FBI Director Christopher Wray to release details about eight migrant men with ties to the Islamic State (ISIS) who were arrested in the United States after crossing the southern border.

As Breitbart News reported last week, eight immigrant men with ties to ISIS were arrested by the FBI in Los Angeles, California, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and New York City, New York, after crossing the border onto U.S. soil.

At least one in eight migrants was released directly by President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security, reportedly thanks to the CBP One mobile app, which allows Mexican migrants to schedule appointments at ports of entry along the border for release into the U.S. interior.

The FBI later determined that the Tajik immigrants may have ties to ISIS.

in letter Reps. Mark Green (R-Tenn.), Dan Bishop (R-N.C.), August Plueger (R-Texas) and Clay Higgins (R-La.) said the “pattern” of potential terrorists crossing the border is “alarming.”

“It is unclear how the eight individuals became residents of the United States, but two reportedly crossed the southwestern U.S. border in spring 2023, and one used the CBP One app to schedule a pre-entry testing appointment,” they wrote.

Unfortunately, there has been a disturbing pattern under this Administration of unacceptable security failures that allow individuals with terrorist ties to enter the United States at the southwest border. On April 3, 2024, the Committee sent a letter to Secretary Mayorkas requesting information regarding two separate cases in which ICE released individuals who were on the federal terrorism watch list.At least one of the errors was due to an error in ICE’s internal database. The committee’s requests in that letter remain unresolved. [Emphasis added]

Since that letter, The Committee learned that Mohammed Calwin, who is also on the Federal Terrorism Watch List due to his association with the Afghanistan-based terrorist organization Hezb-e-Islami, was released from ICE custody into the Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program on March 12, 2023.He was initially arrested just two days earlier after illegally crossing the US-Mexico border in San Ysidro, California. Conditions of his release allowed him to apply for work authorization and fly without restriction on his movement within the US, provided he regularly reported to ICE officials by phone. Nearly a year later, ICE arrested Culwin in San Antonio, Texas, after the FBI provided information identifying him as a member of Hizb-e-Islami. [Emphasis added]

The Department of Defense’s priority of catch, treat and release poses serious risks to national security. The Committee has repeatedly and forcefully noted the security vulnerabilities posed by the massive influx of illegal immigrants to the border, the inadequate vetting of illegal immigrants being released into the United States by the State Department, and the unprecedented numbers of fugitives evading arrest. However, the Biden administration and the Department of Defense continue to ignore “flashing red lights everywhere” and turn a blind eye to reality. [Emphasis added]

Republicans said they want full details about the eight ISIS-linked immigrant men arrested by the FBI, including all internal government communications about the case. They also want Mayorkas and Wray to provide an explanation about the arrests by July 2.

“The arrest of eight ISIS-affiliated men in the US interior is ample evidence that terrorist organizations are indeed exploiting our borders and plotting attacks on the US homeland,” they wrote.

Since the start of fiscal year 2021, almost 400 immigrants An individual on a terrorist watch list was apprehended at the border while attempting to enter the United States.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at jbinder@breitbart.com. Follow him on Twitter. here.