The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is concerned over Uzbek nationals who recently sought asylum and got into the United States earlier this year. The U.S. National Security Council said the bureau is tracking the individuals who intelligence officials say were brought to the United States southern border from a smuggler with ties to the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS).
“While the FBI has not identified a specific terrorism plot associated with foreign nationals who recently entered the U.S. at the southern border, we always work with our field offices across the country, as well as our domestic and international partners, to identify any potential illegal activity or terrorism threats,” the FBI told The Foreign Desk.
The FBI learned about the smuggling network later, discovering that it was helping Uzbeks in the homeland, with one individual having ties to ISIS. The FBI has begun a nationwide search for the migrants, working with Turkish officials, who arrested the smuggler and other members of the illegal network, reports The Foreign Desk.
The report continued to say, U.S. intelligence officials say the smuggler most likely did not assist the migrants on orders from ISIS. The smuggled Uzbeks who have come into the homeland have not been located, and those tracked by the FBI are undergoing strict scrutiny as potential criminal threats.
NSC spokesman Adrienne Watson said officials were working to “identify and assess” the individuals who obtained entry into the homeland. “There was no indication and remains no indication that any of the individuals facilitated by this network have a connection to a foreign terrorist organization or are engaged in plotting a terrorist attack in the U.S.,” Watson said.
According to reports, U.S. authorities said the migrants requested asylum at the U.S. southern border with Mexico in 2023 and were screened by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Officials say nothing in the U.S. intelligence community’s databases revealed any red flags, and they were released into the homeland pending legal proceedings.
“As always, we ask anyone with information about federal crimes or threats to public safety to report it to the FBI,” an FBI spokesperson told The Foreign Desk. “Whenever we have indicators that criminal actors—such as those involved in human smuggling—have connections to terrorism, we work diligently with our partners to investigate and understand how foreign terrorist organizations may attempt to exploit their capabilities so that we can best mitigate any risk to the American public,” the official added.
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“No city should be left to handle a national humanitarian crisis largely on its own, and without the significant and timely support we need from Washington, D.C., today’s budget will only be the beginning,” said New York City Democratic Mayor Eric Adams about his decision to make budget cuts as a result of the overwhelming migrant crisis.
However, those who will suffer from budget cuts to the city’s services to offset the cost of dealing with the ever-increasing number of migrants are those that are in place to make the city better.
“The cuts will see police freeze hiring and bring the total number of police officers below 30,000. It would further slash the education budget by $1 billion over two years and affect a litany of other agencies” reports Just The News.
Albeit, Adams admitted: “In all my time in government, this is probably one of the most painful exercises I’ve gone through.” More than 110,000 migrants have arrived in New York City over the past year, including roughly 13,000 sent from Texas by GOP Governor Greg Abbott as part of his ongoing bussing plan to send new arrivals to the U.S. to sanctuary cities.
However, similar to other leaders of sanctuary cities, Adams is unwilling to put his money where his mouth is. In September, Adams warned that the crisis would “destroy New York City” and begged the federal government to pay for his mess.
“I’m gonna tell you something, New Yorkers, never in my life have I had a problem that I didn’t see an ending to. I don’t see an ending to this,” Adams said at the time. “The federal government needs to do its job. We need the federal government, the Congress members, the Senate and the president to do their job: close the borders,” said Adams’ advisor Ingrid Lewis Martin insisted in early October. “And until you close the borders, you need to come on with a full-on decompression strategy where you can take all of our migrants and move them through our 50 states.”
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