Syrian refugees strike in front of  Budapest Keleti railway station. Refugee crisis. Budapest, Hungary, Central Europe, 3 September 2015.

Meet the “Vetted” Refugee/Terrorists

Senators Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) requested Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, and Secretary of State John Kerry to answer their request for information detailing the immigration histories of 72 charged and/or convicted terrorists. 

Both senators are Chairmen of the Immigration and the National Interest Subcommittee and the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts, respectively.

To date, neither Sessions nor Cruz has received a response.

However, Sessions and Cruz released information about 12 people charged and/or convicted as terrorists in 2015– each of whom was “vetted” before remaining in America.

“This list — which only covers 2015 and not the many jihadis from prior years — illustrates just how incapable our government is of vetting refugees or predicting post-entry radicalization,” a Hill aide told Breitbart News, which was originally referred to as the “Dirty Dozen.”

“Yet the president wants a completely blank-check [in the appropriations bill] to fund not only all of these existing refugee programs from across the globe, but to add a permanent Syrian resettlement program to it — funded directly out of Americans’ paychecks and retirement accounts,” the aide added.

The incomplete list of “properly vetted” refugees includes:

Idaho: Uzbekistan “Refugee” Fazliddin Kurbanov

On August 12, 2015, in the United States District Court for the District of Idaho, Kurbanov, who came to the United States as a refugee in 2009, was found guilty on charges that he conspired and attempted to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and possessed an unregistered destructive device. U.S. Assistant Attorney General John Carlin stated that he “conspired to provide material support to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and procured bomb-making materials in the interest of perpetrating a terrorist attack on American soil.”

According to press reports, Kurbanov began his life as a Muslim, but faced persecution after his family converted to Orthodox Christianity. After arriving in the U.S., Kurbanov purportedly converted back to Islam and radicalized. (Superseding Indictment Original Indictment (Idaho) Original Indictment (Utah))

Minnesota: Kenyan “Refugee” Abdurahman Yasin Daud

On April 20, 2015, in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, Daud, who was born in a refugee camp in Kenya, came to the U.S. as a a child refugee, and subsequently adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident statuswas charged (along with six others) with conspiracy and attempt to provide material support to ISIS. Daud and another individual drove from Minnesota to San Diego, California to acquire passports, cross into Mexico, and fly to Syria to join ISIS.  (Criminal Complaint Indictment)

Minnesota: Kenyan “Refugee” Guled Ali Omar

On April 20, 2015, in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, Omar, also born in a Kenyan refugee camp, arrived as a child refugee, later adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident status, and subsequently applied for and received citizenship, was charged with conspiracy and attempt to provide material support to ISIS.

Omar is the younger brother of another indicted fugitive, Ahmed Ali Omar, who left the U.S. in 2007 to fight for Al-Shabaab. Another one of his brothers, Mohamed Ali Omar, was convicted in March for threatening federal agents when they came to the family’s residence to interview Guled Omar. During a press conference, U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota, Andy Luger, said that Omar “never stopped plotting” and had previously attempted to leave the United States. (Criminal Complaint Indictment)

Missouri: Bosnia “Refugee” Abdullah Ramo Pazara

On February 5, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Pazara adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident status, and subsequently applied for and received citizenship in 2013. He was named in an indictment against six individuals listed below. Pazara was not charged because he is believed to be dead. According to the Indictment, those listed provided material support to Pazara, who left the United States to go fight with ISIS in Syria– eleven days after becoming a U.S. citizen. According to press accounts at the time Pazara was purportedly killed in Syria he was a deputy to a top ISIS commander. (Indictment)

Missouri: Bosnian “Refugee” Ramiz Zijad Hodzic 

On February 5, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Hodzic, a purported Bosnian war hero who came to the United States as a refugeewas charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists, with providing material support to terrorists, and conspiring to kill and maim persons in a foreign country.

According to the Indictment, among other things, Hodzic obtained money that he used to “purchase materials and supplies including: United States military uniforms, tactical combat boots, military surplus goods, tactical gear and clothing, firearms accessories, optical equipment and range finders, rifle scopes, equipment, and supplies . . .  intending that the materials and supplies would thereafter be transferred to, and used to support” Abdullah Ramo Pazara and ISIS. (Indictment)

Missouri: Bosnia “Refugee” Sedina Unkic Hodzic

On February 5, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Sedina, Ramiz’s wife, also a native Bosnian who came to the United States as a refugee, was charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists, and providing material support to terrorists. According to the Indictment, Sedina, along with her husband, collected money from third parties and wired it to terrorists abroad. Sedina also allegedly shipped six boxes of U.S. military uniforms, combat boots, tactical clothing and gear, military surplus items, firearms accessories, rifle scopes, optical equipment, first aid supplies, and other equipment to terrorists abroad. (Indictment)

Missouri: Bosnian “Refugee” Armin Harcevic

On February 5, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Harcevic who had adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident statuswas charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists, and with providing material support to terrorists. According to the Indictment, Harcevic collected money from third parties and wired it and his own funds to terrorists abroad. (Indictment)

Missouri: Bosnian “Refugee” Nihad Rosic

On February 5, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Rosic, who adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident status and subsequently applied for and received citizenship – was charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists, providing material support to terrorists, and conspiring to kill and maim persons in a foreign country.

According to the Indictment, Rosic sent funds to terrorists abroad, and attempted to travel to Syria to join terrorists in Syria and Iraq. According to press accounts, Rosic was a truck driver and former mixed martial arts fighter who had previously been charged with endangering the welfare of a child after punching a woman in the face while she held a child. In a separate incident, he was charged with assault after allegedly beating his girlfriend with a belt. (Indictment)

Missouri: Bosnian “Refugee” Mediha Medy Salkicevic

On February 5, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Salkicevic, who adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident status and subsequently applied for and received citizenship, was charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists, and providing material support to terrorists.

According to press accounts Salkicevic was a former cargo company employee dealing with items being transported through Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. According to the Indictment, Salkicevic collected money from third parties and wired it and her own funds to terrorists abroad. (Indictment)

Missouri: Bosnian “Refugee” Jasminka Ramic 

On February 5, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Ramic, who adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident status and subsequently applied for and received citizenship, was charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists, and providing material support to terrorists. According to the Indictment, Ramic collected money from third parties and wired it and her own funds to terrorists abroad. (Indictment)

Missouri: Bosnian “Refugee” Mediha Medy Salkicevic

On February 5, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Salkicevic, who adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident status and subsequently applied for and received citizenship, was charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists, and providing material support to terrorists.

According to press accounts Salkicevic was a former cargo company employee dealing with items being transported through Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. According to the Indictment, Salkicevic collected money from third parties and wired it and her own funds to terrorists abroad. (Indictment)

Texas: Somalian “Refugee” Abdinassir Mohamud Ibrahim

On February 5, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Ibrahim was also first a refugee, then later adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident status. He was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for conspiring to provide material support to Al-Shabaab, a designated foreign terrorist organization, and for making a false statement in his immigration paperwork.

Ibrahim knowingly lied in his citizenship application and on his initial refugee request form, by falsely claiming he was of a member of the minority Awer clan in Somalia, subjected to persecution by the majority Hawiye clan. Ibrahim was actually a member of the Hawiye clan and not persecuted.

Worse still, according to the Complaint, “Ibrahim’s family was famous . . . [and] [t]hrough his clan lineage, Ibrahim was related to known Somali terrorists[.]” Ibrahim admitted he lied on his citizenship application and on his refugee application by falsely claiming that he had not provided material support to a terrorist group, when he had in fact provided material support in the form of cash to an Al-Shabaab member. (Criminal Complaint Indictment)

Virginia: Somalian “Refugee” Liban Haji Mohamed On January 29, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, a federal warrant was unsealed for Mohamed’s arrest – who sources indicate arrived as a refugee, adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident status, and later became a U.S. citizen. He allegedly provided material support to Harakat Shabaab Al-Mujahidin, also known as Al-Shabaab and Al-Qaeda. He previously lived in the metro D.C. area, worked as a cab driver, and allegedly escaped to Mexico after being placed on the no-fly list.

The FBI emphasized the importance of locating Mohamed, “because he has knowledge of the Washington, D.C. area’s infrastructure such as shopping areas, Metro, airports, and government buildings . . . [t]his makes him an asset to his terrorist associates who might plot attacks on U.S. soil.” (Arrest Warrant)

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Bethany Blankley

Bethany Blankley is a political analyst for Fox News Radio and has appeared on television and radio programs nationwide. She writes about political, cultural, and religious issues in America from the perspective of an evangelical and former communications staffer. She was a communications strategist for four U.S. Senators, one U.S. Congressman, a former New York governor, and several non-profits. She earned her MA in Theology from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland and her BA in Political Science from the University of Maryland. Follow her @bethanyblankley facebook.com/BlankleyBethany/ & BethanyBlankley.com.

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