A Sudanese national convicted in 1996 with nine others as part a large-scale terrorism plot against the U.S., was deported Oct. 12, by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), and handed over to his home country’s authorities.
Amir Abdelghani, 59, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his part in the conspiracy headed by the Egyptian cleric Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman to target the United Nations, FBI offices and other New York City landmarks.
“The removal of this convicted terrorist is a strong declaration of ICE’s commitment to public safety and national security,” said Simona Flores-Lund, ICE ERO Philadelphia field office director. “This removal is a victory for the United States and further emphasizes ICE’s vital role in protecting our nation.”
The convicted terrorist had an ICE detainer placed on him since an immigration judge ordered him removed from the country in 2001, and ERO immigration officers immediately transferred Abdelghani to ICE custody at the conclusion of his federal prison term in July 2019. He was held in ERO custody until his deportation.
ICE removed or returned 258,085 aliens in fiscal year 2018. Enforcement and removal operations arrested 158,581 aliens, 90 percent of whom had criminal convictions, pending criminal charges, or previously issued final orders. The overall arrest figure represents an 11 percent increase over fiscal year 2017.