ICE Blunder: Afghan National Suspected Of Terror Ties Escapes U.S. Tracking Program In Days...

By Tommy Wilson | Friday, 19 April 2024 04:10 PM
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In a recent report by NBC News, it was revealed that an Afghan national, identified as Mohammad Kharwin, who was on the terrorist watchlist, was removed from a government monitoring program after approximately two weeks.

Kharwin, aged 48, had entered the United States illegally and was subsequently found to be on the terror watchlist. However, he was quickly taken off the Alternatives to Detention program, which tracked his location through an ankle monitor, telephone, or mobile app, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Kharwin was initially apprehended by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) near San Ysidro, California, on March 10, 2023, after he was spotted crossing into the U.S. illegally. At the time, CBP officials were not fully aware of his background, and he was treated as a low-threat migrant and released.

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Upon his release, Kharwin was enrolled in the Alternatives to Detention program, an initiative run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This program is designed to monitor illegal aliens and other migrants who are awaiting lengthy court proceedings in the U.S., as an alternative to keeping them in overcrowded detention facilities. Kharwin was officially enrolled in the program on March 12, 2023, but was removed from it on March 28, 2023, as reported by NBC.

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The reasons behind Kharwin's swift removal from the program remain unclear. The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to ICE, which oversees the program, but did not receive an immediate response.

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Approximately a year after his release into the U.S., Kharwin was apprehended by ICE agents when the FBI shared information suggesting his potential ties to Hezbo-e-Islami, also known as HIG. This U.S.-designated terrorist organization, based in Afghanistan, is believed to be responsible for the deaths of at least nine U.S. soldiers and civilians between 2013 and 2015.

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This report on Kharwin's potential terror ties follows other recent negative stories about ICE's Alternative to Detention program. On Tuesday, the agency announced that they had made extensive arrests of illegal aliens who had violated the conditions of the program. Diego Ibarra, the brother of Lakin Riley's alleged killer, had also been placed into the tracking program in May 2023. He was later arrested for attempting to use fraudulent documents, had several previous encounters with law enforcement, and is suspected of having ties to a Venezuelan gang.

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In a statement released on Tuesday, Arthur J. Wilson Jr., the acting Field Office Director for Enforcement and Removal Operations in Denver, spoke about the Alternatives to Detention program, saying, "This program is a privilege, and when it is abused, there will be consequences."

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