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Inspector General Must Investigate Somali Terror Suspect


Center for Immigration Studies

Inspector General Must Investigate Somali Terror Suspect

Bensman reporting suggests vulnerabilities only the DHS OIG can confirm

By Andrew R. Arthur

In an October 3, 2018, post, my colleague Todd Bensman detailed the method by which Somali national Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, who has been charged in Canada in connection with a September 2017 attack in which he allegedly conducted vehicle-ramming attacks while carrying an ISIS flag in Edmonton, Alberta, was able to transit the United States to that country. Some key facts concerning Sharif are still unknown, and merit an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to identify any vulnerabilities that Sharif exploited in our border inspection system.

As Bensman wrote:

    The quick bottom line: There is new information [in an Edmonton Journal/Edmonton Sun article] about how Sharif was able to journey to the Mexico-California border and then, once across and legally present on a probable asylum petition that ended with a deportation order, still managed a successful northward crossing of the U.S.-Canada border without apparently raising any flags.

As he admitted, however, there is much about Sharif's case that is unknown. For example, Sharif showed up at the San Ysidro port of entry without documents, and was taken into custody. In an October 2017 post, I speculated that Sharif claimed credible fear at San Ysidro, and was held for a credible-fear interview under section 235(b)(1)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

Read more: https://www.cis.org/Arthur/Inspector-General-Must-Investigate-Somali-Terror-Suspect