Walker: Terror arrests validate anti-refugee stance
MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker says terrorism-related arrests vindicate his stance against Syrian refugees.
Walker tweeted Friday asking if people still wonder why he raised concerns about ensuring that Syrian refugees coming into Wisconsin are safe. He included a link to a story about the arrests.
Authorities arrested two men with ties to the Islamic State in California and Texas on Thursday. One of them, Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab, is accused of traveling to Syria to fight. According to court documents, he came to the United States from Syria as a refugee. While living in Arizona and Wisconsin he communicated on social media about wanting to return to Syria to fight for terrorists and discussed fighting against the regime there in the past.
Two men related to a suspect in a terror investigation out of California have been accused in Milwaukee of conspiring to transport stolen cellphones and computers across state lines.
Younis Mohammed Al Jayab and Ahmad Waleed Mahmood appeared in federal court Friday to hear the allegations against them in a criminal complaint.
Al Jayab and Mahmood weren’t asked to enter pleas. That could come if they’re indicted through a grand jury in the coming weeks. They were ordered released without cash bond, and the judge noted that they face charges of property crimes, not violent crimes. It wasn’t clear whether they would be freed Friday or held over the weekend.
A federal prosecutor says a third man named in the complaint, Samer Mohammed Al Jayab, was arrested California.
The men purchased 32 iPhones, a laptop and a TV that they believed to be stolen from Chicago and transported to Milwaukee, according to the criminal complaint. They intended to sell some of these items overseas.
All three men are related to Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab, who has been accused of terror-related charges. Federal prosecutor Paul Kanter says the Al Jayabs are brothers and that Mahmood is their cousin.
Attempts to reach their federal defenders by phone and email weren’t immediately successful.
Kanter says there would be no comment on whether these allegations grew out of the terror investigation.