Sara Carter: Foiled Pittsburgh Terror Attack Is A Warning Immigration Laws Must Be Fixed


A 21-year-old Syrian refugee, was arrested Wednesday after the FBI discovered he was plotting to carry out several terrorist attacks in Pittsburgh, PA in the name of ISIS but his arrest is a reminder that failed immigration laws put American lives at risk, said Sara Carter who spoke to Laura Ingraham on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” Thursday night,

According to investigators, he had extensive plans to carry out an attack on a local church and was also planning to follow up the attack with a secondary bomb to target first responders and police.

The suspect arrived in the U.S. in 2016 before President Donald Trump instituted a travel ban on countries with terrorist activity and issues with vetting individuals exiting and entering their borders. Syria was at the top of the list because it’s a hotbed for Islamic State terrorists.

The suspect appeared to have some training and had some tactical understanding of conducting terror strikes, similar to what has been seen in previous terror attacks in Europe and the United States, Carter said.

“He was planning on a secondary bomb after the church was attacked, he had discussed this with the two FBI agents,” said Carter.

Carter spoke on her own experiences as a journalist whose covered the war zones in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan.

“When I covered the war, they would always say, don’t go right after the bombing because there’s always a secondary,” that could possibly occur, said Carter.

With the rise of extremist groups, like al-Qaeda and Islamic State, there has always been incredible concern that the roughly 2,000 mile porous border with Mexico could be used to infiltrate terrorists into the country. Broken and failed immigration laws, coupled with narco-traffickers operating with impunity to the south make the situation precarious for U.S. federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

Guatemalan officials told Carter Thursday that they’ve seen large numbers of illegal migrants heading to the U.S. from both Africa and the Middle East in recent months. This is due in part to U.S. lawmakers who fail to come to an agreement on the border crisis. This should not be political but instead lawmakers should be looking at the national security implications of not securing the U.S. border.

In February, President Trump declared a national emergency at the U.S. Mexico border in response to the ongoing humanitarian and security crisis, however, lawmakers on Capitol Hill have gone completely idle. Democrats, specifically, deny any crisis and some are even calling for open borders.

“This is not just about immigrants, this is a national security problem,” Carter continued, “The Democrats don’t want to bring this up.”

The FBI thwarted the Pittsburgh attack this week, but the question remains was it just a lone wolf. Carter shared concerns with those that have slipped under the radar entering the U.S, “We’re talking about countries that really have a broken government, they don’t have Interpol they don’t have criminal histories so we just don’t know who’s coming in,” she said.