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Immigration services and courts will have access to secret FBI databases

The Biden administration is giving immigration judges and asylum officials greater access to classified information. This will help them determine which migrants may be linked to terrorism or pose a threat to public safety, reports NBC.

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The policy change follows a recent incident in April.

Terrorist on the loose

Afghan migrant, who was on the terrorist list, was released on bail by an immigration judge in Texas.

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement prosecutors withheld information about his possible links to terrorism because the evidence was classified.

Instead of arguing that the man posed a threat to national security, prosecutors argued that he was a flight risk, two sources familiar with the case said.

Mohammad Harwin, 48, was caught crossing the border in 2023. But he was released because the Border Patrol did not have biometric information to classify the detainee as a terrorist. He lived in the United States for a little over a year, after which he was arrested US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in early 2024.

When evidence of his potential links to terrorism was not presented to the judge, he was released again. He was awaiting an asylum hearing scheduled for 2025 in the United States.

On April 11, the migrant was arrested again, this time in San Antonio.

New measures

The new policy repeals a 2004 directive requiring classified information to be used immigration procedures only “as a last resort.”

Under the old policy, asylum officers and prosecutors were required to obtain permission from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary to share classified information. The new rules direct these employees not to seek approval from the head of their individual agency, such as ICE or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Officials said global migration trends need to be reconsidered. The new rules are part of a three-year review of how immigration policy should evolve to mitigate terrorist threats.

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“Over the past five years, we have seen a significant change in how transnational criminal organizations are increasingly involved in the movement of people in our hemisphere, particularly from the eastern hemisphere,” one DHS official said.

“During this time, we have seen the terrorist threat landscape become much more complex than in the immediate aftermath of 11/XNUMX,” his colleague noted.

Harvin is listed on the FBI's National Terrorist List. It includes the names of 1,8 million people. These people are considered to be a potential security threat. The database notes that Harvin is a member of Hezb-i-Islami, or HIG, a political and paramilitary organization designated as a terrorist organization by the United States.

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