It was only a matter of time until we started encountering the ISIS “refugees” that Europe has been dealing with. Now we got one in California.
Has California become a sanctuary state for ISIS?
Omar Ameen, 45, an Iraqi national, wanted on a murder charge in Iraq, appeared before a federal magistrate judge in Sacramento, California today in connection with proceedings to extradite him to face trial in Iraq. Ameen settled in Sacramento as a purported refugee and attempted to gain legal status in the United States.
The Iraqi arrest warrant and extradition request allege that after the town of Rawah, Iraq fell to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) on June 21, 2014, Ameen entered the town with a caravan of ISIS vehicles and drove to the house of the victim, who had served as an officer in the Rawah Police Department. On the evening of June 22, 2014, after the caravan arrived at the victim’s house, Ameen and other members of the convoy allegedly opened fire on the victim. Ameen then allegedly fired his weapon at the victim while the victim was on the ground, killing him.
Ameen, originally of Rawah, in the Anbar province of Iraq, fled Iraq following the alleged murder, and later settled in Sacramento as a purported refugee. It is alleged that Ameen’s family supported and assisted the installation of al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) in Rawah, and that Ameen was a member of AQI and ISIS. It is also alleged that he participated in various activities in support of those terrorist organizations, including helping to plant improvised explosive devices, and committing the murder that is the subject of the extradition request. Ameen concealed his membership in those terrorist groups when he applied for refugee status, and later when he applied for a green card in the United States.
These are the sorts of people that the pro-migration crowd wants us to open the door to. How many of these poisoned jelly beans are there in the refugee bowl?
Chain migration could have brought more of Ameen’s ISIS and Al Qaeda family to the United States. If it didn’t already.
Evidence from both the Iraq National Security Service, provided in the extradition request, as well as the FBI, obtained through its own investigation, indicates since at least 2004, Ameen has been a member of first AQI, then ISIS in Iraq. He is not known to have ever renounced his membership in either group. Ameen has reportedly undertaken numerous acts of violence on behalf of these terrorist organizations, ranging from planting improvised explosive devices (“IEDs”) to the murder that is the subject of this extradition. The FBI has interviewed at least eight witnesses who identify the Ameen family—including Ameen himself, his father, brothers, and paternal cousins—as affiliated with AQI and ISIS. According to witnesses, it is common knowledge in Rawah, Iraq, that Ameen was a main local figure of AQI and ISIS. The Ameen family is alleged to be one of five native Rawah families that founded AQI in the region.
If he planted IEDs and had been active since 2004, he could have very well murdered or attempted to murder American soldiers.
Ameen is a member of a large, established family in Rawah, once headed by Ameen’s father, patriarch Abdulsattar Ameen Hussein. The family was wealthy, according to individuals from Rawah interviewed by the FBI. The family worked in commerce and transportation, but also owned land for agriculture. Ameen referenced his background as a “trader in vegetables” in his immigration application, and on his resume, Ameen lists his occupation in Iraq as “truck driver.” Ameen has ten brothers and four sisters, and the family was known to reside together in a family compound in Rawah. Ameen additionally has a large extended family, and is known to be close to his paternal cousins.
Members of Islamic terror groups are not, despite the lies of the left, oppressed. Like leftists, they’re generally wealthy.
One witness interviewed by the FBI stated that Ameen was a member of AQI who fought against the Iraqi police and the Americans. Another witness interviewed by the FBI stated that Ameen’s father, Abdulsattar Ameen, supported the internationally-known Jordanian jihadist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in founding AQI in Rawah. This reference to a connection to al Zarqawi is also seen in the Iraq National Security Service report included in the extradition request.
Department of Defense records indicate that one of Ameen’s brothers was detained by U.S. forces in 2005. This brother was taken into custody during a vehicle stop in Rawah in 2005. In his possession were two AK-47 rifles, two 9mm pistols, and an M21 Anti-Tank mine. This brother admitted to owning the weapons, as well as admissions that he was on a mission to blow up the house of the family of a suspected Coalition Forces collaborator, but charges against him were eventually dismissed in 2006. While in custody, this brother made additional admissions that corroborate the allegations against the Ameen family. Specifically, he admitted that Ghassan Amin is his first cousin, describing him as a Mujahidist. He admitted his role in providing support to Ghassan, and stated that sometimes Ghassan would bring a number of mujahidin whom he (Ameen’s brother) would take to his brother’s house until they were gathered at the end of the day.
And yet we still allowed this Jihadist into our country.
In or about April 2012, Ameen arrived in Turkey and began the process of applying for refugee status. Ameen concealed his true identity as a member of AQI and ISIS to immigrate to the United States. He lied about his background and the circumstances of his departure from Iraq in order to evade detection, seeking to blend into the flow of legitimate refugees fleeing the conflict zone…
Ameen did not immigrate directly to the United States following the approval of his application, but instead is alleged to have returned to Iraq to commit the murder that is the subject of this extradition request.
That means he wasn’t leaving ISIS behind. And he might have been planning attacks in this country.
Ameen returned to Turkey on an unknown date and traveled on to the United States, arriving on November 4, 2014. After eventually settling in Sacramento, California, Ameen filed an I-485, Application to Adjust Status. In an interview on May 26, 2016, under oath in support of that application, Ameen affirmed all the answers given in support of his refugee application.
This is another horrifying disaster caused by Obama’s immigration policy. All refugee applications from ISIS areas under Obama need to be promptly reviewed.