Ex-ISIS fighter entered United States as refugee

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ISIS Arrest Exposes Lie about Refugee Vetting
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Jennifer G. Hickey

Immigration Blog Posts ISIS Arrest Exposes Lie about Refugee Vetting By Jennifer G. Hickey

Really? That might be news to Omar Ameen, an Iraqi national and suspected ISIS member, who was arrested on charges of murdering an Iraqi police officer.

An Iraqi man accused of killing for the Islamic State entered the U.S.as a refugee after claiming to be a victim of terrorism, in a case drawing attention amid the Trump administration's criticism of the resettlement program's vetting process. Ameen could face execution for the "organized killing by an armed group", according to Iraqi documents filed in USA federal court.

The Trump administration has sharply criticized the Obama-era resettlement program for not doing enough to keep out terrorists.

Ameen appeared before a federal judge on Wednesday and is awaiting extradition to Iraq, where he will stand trial.

This undated photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office shows Omar Ameen, who had been living in California as a refugee and was arrested Wednesday on a warrant alleging he killed an Iraqi policeman while fighting for the Islamic State.

Officials said Ameen also kept secret his membership in two terrorist groups when he applied for a green card in the United States.

The State Department said additional checks have since been implemented.

Hopefully, it will be clear to everyone else that until our vetting system is vastly improved, the number of refugees should by no means be increased.

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But two reports released this week by the United Nations and the USA government indicate there could be as many as 30,000 ISIS fighters remaining in Iraq and Syria, roughly equally distributed in half between the two countries. Chris Van Hollen (Md.) and Dick Durbin (Ill.) because "refugees are the most carefully vetted of all travelers" who "do not arrive in the USA without first clearing extensive biometric, biographic, intelligence, medical, and law enforcement checks, involving multiple agencies".

It also drastically reduced the annual ceiling of refugee arrivals to the USA from 110,000 to 45,000.

"The FBI has interviewed at least eight witnesses who identify the Ameen family - including Ameen himself, his father, brothers and paternal cousins - as affiliated with AQI and ISIS", court documents stated.

The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force has been investigating Ameen over the filing of fraudulent travel or immigration documents since 2016, according to a court filing.

Authorities say that on June 22, 2014, Ameen was part of a terror group that targeted the home of that Iraqi officer, Ihsan Abdulhafiz Jasim. "Ameen then fired his weapon at the victim while the victim was on the ground".

Militants later claimed responsibility for the slaying on social media.

Besides the murder, Ameen is believed to have been involved in other terrorist activities including planting improvised explosive devices.

He was ordered held until his next court appearance on Monday.

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