Federal officials have announced that Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested an illegal immigrant terror suspect last month who is wanted in Africa for “terroristic activities.” The suspect was previously caught by Border Patrol agents and released after illegally entering the United States.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a statement, saying, “ERO New York City’s Fugitive Operations team arrested the 29-year-old noncitizen without incident outside of 26 Federal Plaza in New York. He will remain in custody, without bond, pending removal proceedings.”
According to The Daily Wire, the illegal immigrant, who was arrested on Oct. 10, illegally entered the United States near Lukeville, Arizona, which is located over 2,000 miles from New York City.
ICE described the illegal immigrant as an “unlawfully present Mauritanian or Senegalese citizen” who was 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.”
According to the press release, Border Patrol had previously encountered the illegal immigrant on Oct. 3 near Monument Hill, located close to Lukeville, Arizona. Border Patrol officials processed the 29-year-old illegal immigrant before giving him a notice to appear in court as a noncitizen “present without admission or parole.” ICE reported that he was released and given documentation to report to the ERO in New York City.
The press release noted that Homeland Security Investigations agents connected with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Counter Terrorism Division contacted ERO in New York City on Oct. 10, explaining that the illegal immigrant was wanted in Senegal for “terroristic activities.”
Warning about the potential dangers of terror suspects, ERO New York City Field Office Director Kenneth Genalo stated, “Noncitizens who are engaged in or suspected of supporting terrorism are a direct threat to our country’s national security and will be expeditiously removed from the United States.”
“ERO New York City will use every tool at our disposal to keep American citizens and residents safe from those who erroneously believe they can exploit our immigration laws to escape justice in other countries,” Genalo added. “We remain committed to working with our law enforcement partners to ensure individuals who commit unspeakable acts of violence are held accountable.”
Officials noted that the 29-year-old will remain in custody in the United States without bond until he is able to be deported.