An Afghan national on the terror watchlist is reportedly back in federal custody after he was released on bond by a judge in San Antonio. 

Mohammed Karwan initially crossed into the U.S. in 2023 but was not yet on the terror watchlist, U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials told Fox News.   

Karwan was released into the U.S. as part of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s alternatives to detention program. 

When it later became clear that Karwan was a member of the terrorist organization Hezb-e-Islami, he was added to the watchlist and ICE was notified. 

ICE arrested Karwan in February, but when DHS prosecutors went before a judge in San Antonio, they did not inform the judge that Karwan was on the terror watchlist. Karwan was then released on bond. 

An outcry followed the news that a terror watchlist suspect had been released into the country.  

A DHS official told Fox News late Thursday night that “law enforcement has been tracking the matter closely to protest[sic] against public safety risks” and “the individual is currently in U.S. custody.”

Former ICE agent Victor Avila commented that this case is evidence the Biden administration can enforce the law; they just choose not to. 

ICE released an illegal alien on the terror watchlist in San Antonio. Just hours after the media outcry, that individual is back in custody. Don’t let Joe Biden or anyone tell you that they lack the power to enforce our laws. They clearly can. They just don’t want to. The border crisis is a choice our government makes every single day. The Biden Administration is choosing to place their political ahead of your safety.

“How many more Americans need to pay the price before this madness ends?” he questioned. 

Meanwhile, Senate Bill 4—a Texas law making it a state crime for individuals to enter the country illegally—is currently on hold.

The law is currently awaiting further review by the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Sydnie Henry

A born and bred Texan, Sydnie serves as the Managing Editor for Texas Scorecard. She graduated from Patrick Henry College with a B.A. in Government and is utilizing her research and writing skills to spread truth to Texans.