FREE TO ROAM: Border Patrol Releases Afghan Illegal on U.S. Terrorist Watchlist

Mohammad Kharwin, a 48-year-old Afghan migrant on the U.S. terrorist watchlist, was apprehended and then released by Border Patrol agents near San Ysidro, California, in March 2023.

Despite being on the watchlist for his potential ties to Hezb-e-Islami, a group designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S., Kharwin was released without ICE being informed of his potential terrorist ties. He was later arrested in February 2024 and released on bond by an immigration judge in March 2024, with no restrictions on his movements within the U.S.

This case highlights the challenges U.S. officials face in identifying migrants who may pose national security threats and underscores the need for improved processes to prevent the release of individuals with terrorism ties. The incident is part of a series of similar occurrences, including the release of migrants with suspected terrorist ties in 2022 and early 2024, which have raised concerns about border security and the effectiveness of the U.S. watchlist system.

The release of Mohammad Kharwin, despite being on the U.S. terrorist watchlist, has ignited debates surrounding immigration policies and national security protocols. According to reports, Kharwin’s potential ties to Hezb-e-Islami were not flagged during the initial screening process, leading to his release without further investigation.

Critics argue that this incident exposes gaps in the U.S. immigration and border security systems, emphasizing the importance of comprehensive vetting procedures for incoming migrants, especially those with potential ties to terrorist organizations. They stress the need for better coordination between agencies such as Border Patrol and ICE to ensure that individuals on the terrorist watchlist are properly identified and detained.

In response to growing concerns, U.S. officials have pledged to review and enhance existing protocols to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future. This includes improving communication between agencies, implementing stricter screening measures, and increasing training for frontline personnel to recognize and respond to potential threats more effectively.

However, some experts warn that addressing these challenges requires a delicate balance between national security concerns and upholding humanitarian principles. They caution against overly restrictive policies that may unfairly target vulnerable migrant populations fleeing conflict and persecution.

As the debate continues, the case of Mohammad Kharwin serves as a sobering reminder of the complex issues surrounding immigration and national security, prompting calls for greater vigilance and reform to safeguard the country against potential threats.

Americans have real concerns and our elected Reps don’t seem to care about the threats we face, consider our recent reporting on US Rep Tlaib, who is known for supporting terrorism against the US and the American people:

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