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Terrorism-Related Threats and ICE's Authority

June 23, 2016

Success Stories – ICE Uses Immigration and Customs Authorities to Address National Security Threats

Man Arrested for Transporting Firearms Across State Lines

HSI special agents in New York City participated in the investigation and subsequent arrest of Ranbir Shergill for a violation of 18USC922(a)(3), Transport of Firearms Across State Lines, pursuant to a federal arrest warrant on June 8, 2016. Law enforcement officials became aware of Shergill after a tip from his family, which indicated that he was emotionally unstable and had recently taken possession of a firearm. Shergill has one previous arrest, a history of domestic violence, and was known to watch violent videos involving school shootings, ISIS and beheadings. His family was concerned they would be harmed or that he would be involved in a mass shooting.

Man Arrested for Providing Material Support to a Foreign Terrorist Organization

On May 24, 2016, Sajmir Alimehmeti, a citizen of the U.S. and national of Albania, was arrested by HSI and FBI special agents pursuant to an arrest warrant issued in Southern District of New York (SDNY) for the charge of 18 USC 2339B, Providing Material Support to a Foreign Terrorist Organization and 18 USC 1542, False Statement in an Application for a U.S. Passport. He attempted to travel to the Middle East to join ISIS and was stopped by foreign authorities. Alimehmeti then attempted to aid an undercover agent who claimed to be attempting to go to Syria and join ISIS. On June 6, 2016, Alimehmeti was indicted for 18 USC 2339B, Providing Material Support to a Foreign Terrorist Organization and 18 USC 1542, False Statement in an Application for a U.S. Passport.

Three Men Found Guilty on Charges of Trying to Travel to Syria to Join the Islamic State

Three Somali-American men were found guilty by a federal jury on June 3, 2016 on charges of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State…The verdict against the three men — Guled Omar, Abdirahman Daud and Mohamed Farah, came after two days of deliberation and about a year after the men were arrested. All three men had pleaded not guilty. The men were convicted on several charges, the most serious of which was conspiracy to commit murder overseas. In all, six men have pleaded guilty to various charges stemming from this case, and a seventh man charged is believed to be in Syria.

Man Convicted of Visa Fraud

On April 29, 2016, HSI special agents in Raleigh, North Carolina, reported the conviction after trial of Hemza Menade Lefsih, a citizen and national of Algeria, for two counts of violation of Title 18 U.S.C. 1015(a) False Statements in an immigration application, and two counts of Title 18 U.S.C. 1546(a) Visa Fraud in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina. A source of information indicated that Lefsih was an ISIL sympathizer, and had ISIL propaganda video's on his Facebook page.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 08/01/2016