House Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) wants Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson to provide information aboutNelash Mohamed Das, a citizen of Bangladesh and a lawful permanent resident of the United States arrested by the FBI and charged with attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization by conspiring to murder a US military member in Prince George’s County, Maryland on behalf of ISIS.
Goodlatte told Johnson in a letter Thursday he wanted Das’s immigration and criminal history to determine if there were indicators of his radicalization that the Department of Justice should have been aware of prior to his arrest.
The FBI alleges that in late 2015 and early 2016, Das used social media to express his support for ISIS, including support for the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, France and San Bernardino, California.
“It is important for the committee to understand how Das became radicalized and to determine whether there were indicators of his radicalization that DHS should have been aware of prior to his arrest.”
Goodlatte demanded the following information no later than October 20, 2016:
The alien registration number for Das, his complete, unredacted alien file (A-file), including the complete, unredacted alien files of his parents, to the extent that Das derived an immigration benefit through one or both parents; any temporary files; working files or Service Center files and all documents and items contained in them; all documents generated by DHS or in its possession about him, whether currently in written or electronic form, including, but not limited to, all Reports of Investigation (ROI), executive summaries, criminal history and immigration summaries; and detainers or requests for notification, I-213(s), and Notice(s) to Appear or other charging documents created to seek his removal from the United States.
Each and every date on which Das was encountered by a law enforcement agency in the United States, to include criminal and civil arrests, the nature of the charge, the jurisdiction where the arrest occurred, the disposition of that charge, the date(s) on which he was released from the custody of that law enforcement agency and the reason(s) for the release, and the arrest and disposition documentation for each encounter.
How and when did Das enter the United States? Was he ever served with a Notice to Appear? Was it filed with an immigration court? Please explain.
Has Das been removed previously? If so, when?Has Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a detainer or request for notification to any entity regarding Das? Please explain.
Last month, Goodlatte and Senate Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) asked the DHS secretary and Secretary of State John Kerry why criminal gang member, Thong Vang, who shot and critically injured two correctional officers on September 3, wasn’t deported from the US more than two years ago after serving 16 years in prison for raping three girls under the age of 14, and instead was released because his native country of Laos refused to accept him.
In their letter, Goodlatteand Grassley asked why more pressure was not put on Laos to accept the return of its own citizens. “This is yet another outrageous example of this administration’s refusal to enforce our immigration laws and the tragic consequences that result … If a country will not accept the return of its citizens, it should not be rewarded with visas to allow its citizens to enter the United States,” Goodlatte and Grassley said in their letter.
The previous month, Goodlatte wrote Johnsondemanding information about known criminal alien Eduardo Irhneis Escobar, 25, who was charged with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action for carjacking two women – ages 91 and 63 – at gunpoint on August 16.
Following a high speed pursuit – reportedly up to 90 miles-per-hour – police arrested Escobar when he lost control of the car and crashed into an earthen berm. During the pursuit, he drove into oncoming traffic lanes and collided with at least one vehicle before crashing.
Escobar is an illegal alien from Honduras who’d been convicted for felony assault in 2010 who has repeatedly been encountered by federal immigration authorities.
“Instead of holding Escobar in custody and seeking to remove him from the United States, he was allowed to remain at large and rob and attack two women,” Goodlatte stated.