Bombs in Brooklyn: How the Two Illegal Aliens Arrested for Plotting to Bomb the New York Subway Entered and Remained in the United States   [open pdf - 34KB]

"In this report, the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General (OIG) examines how two aliens, Gazi Ibrahim Abu Mezer (Mezer) and Lafi Khalil (Khalil), entered and remained in the United States before they were arrested on July 31, 1997, in a Brooklyn apartment for allegedly planning to bomb the New York City subway system. After their arrest, it was quickly discovered that both were Palestinians who were in the United States illegally. Mezer had been arrested three times in the previous thirteen months attempting to enter the United States illegally from Canada. The first two times, he was voluntarily returned to Canada. After the third apprehension, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) began formal deportation proceedings against Mezer, but he was released on bond while the proceedings were pending. After his release, Mezer filed a political asylum application in which he claimed that he suffered a fear of persecution if he were returned to Israel, in part because Israeli authorities falsely believed he was a member of the terrorist organization Hamas. It was also discovered that Khalil was in the United States illegally, having entered on a tourist visa but having remained here after the visa expired."

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