Iraqi Refugees Indicted On Terror Charges In California And Texas – The Daily Caller


Two Iraqi refugees living in the U.S. have been arrested in Sacramento and Houston on federal terrorism charges and for lying to immigration officials.

Twenty-three-year-old Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab and 24-year-old Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan, both Palestinians born in Iraq, were charged in separate cases on Wednesday.

Unsealed indictments released on Thursday by the Justice Department show that both men were born in Iraq and are of Palestinian background. Both were also granted refugee status as part of a program started for Iraqis in 2007.

Al-Jayab, who lives in Sacramento, came to the U.S. as part of the program in Oct. 2012. Al Hardan, who lives in Houston, came to the U.S. on Nov. 2, 2009.

The revelation of the two radicals’ refugee status comes amid bitter debate over whether to allow refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria to come to the U.S. The Obama administration wants to re-settle 10,000 Syrians while many Republicans — and a majority of the American public — oppose the plan.

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