Al Hardan is charged with one count each of attempting to provide material support to ISIS, procurement of citizenship or naturalization unlawfully, and making false statements. He faces up to 53 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. He will appear in court in Houston Friday.
“I applaud the thorough law enforcement investigation that resulted in this arrest,” Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said in a statement. “Based on the facts, as we know them, today’s action may have prevented a catastrophic terror related event in the making and saved countless lives.”
Patrick also went on to say President Obama’s refugee policy would lead to similar incidents. Refugees have become a larger issue as millions of Syrian refugees flee to Western countries, raising questions about the possibility of radical Islamic terrorists using refugee status to infiltrate the U.S.
“This is exactly what we have repeatedly told the Obama administration could happen and why we do not want refugees coming to Texas,” Patrick said in a statement. “There are serious questions about who these people really are, as evidenced by today’s events.”
A California man was arrested Thursday on terrorism charges as well, but it’s unclear if the two are connected.
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