Convicted Terrorist Granted U.S. Citizenship Due to Lax Immigration Enforcement

by BRANDON DARBY October 24, 2013

A convicted Palestinian terrorist was granted U.S. citizenship by immigration authorities who apparently failed to do a proper background check on the applicant. The convicted bomber, a resident of the Chicago area, is now being charged by the U.S. Attorney's Office for immigration fraud.

Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, a convicted Palestinian terrorist, had received a life-sentence in Israel for her role in bombing the British consulate in Jerusalem and for bombing a supermarket where multiple people were killed. The series of bombs were placed as part of a campaign of terror for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) in 1969. The PFLP is a designated terrorist organization. She was released in a prisoner swap by Israeli authorities after serving ten years in prison and returned to the West Bank.

Odeh immigrated to the U.S. in 1995 and was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 2004, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Though U.S. authorities have expressed outrage in their public comments that she did not tell U.S. immigration authorities about her conviction and imprisonment, they did not indicate whether or not the responsible U.S. officials would also be held accountable or if the incident would prompt any changes in the U.S. immigration system.


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