Saturday, April 16, 2005

Police arrest seven Islamists

MUNICH - Police on Thursday arrested seven Islamic extremists and raided 31 mosques, homes and offices in this year's third crackdown in Germany on fund-raising for terrorism.

In months of surveillance, police discovered that two Munich-based activists had raised EUR 1 million between them to finance Islamist groups abroad. They are likely to be charged with money laundering and tax evasion.

Hundreds of police fanned out at dawn in six states and the Belgian capital Brussels to search premises of everyone who had been in recent contact with the 43-year-old Tunisian and the 47-year-old Egyptian.

"Each of them had raised about half a million euros, and we can't rule out

that it was even more," said a Munich police official.

A spokeswoman for Munich police said 12 premises, including two mosques, were searched in Munich alone, with the rest of the sites checked being located in other Bavarian towns and the states of Berlin, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bremen, Lower Saxony and Hamburg.

The sites checked in Brussels were publishers' offices.

"We looked at the homes and offices of anyone who had any sort of contact to these two suspects," she said. Police took away tax records, other business documents, desktop computers, cash and a small quantity of banned drugs.

The two men are likely to face charges under German laws that require tax audits of charities and notification to statistical authorities of major foreign exchange transactions. Police did not say what the other five men were accused of.

The state of Bavaria also spearheaded this year's two earlier nationwide sweeps of Islamist fund-raisers.

"We'll step up the pressure on Islamist extremists even more and use every possible provision of immigration law to deport as fast as possible those who threaten us or preach hatred," said the Bavarian interior minister, Guenther Beckstein.

Police said the two main suspects had valid immigration permits.
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CAIR leader convicted on terror charges

Founding board member of Texas chapter funded Hamas

By Art Moore

FBI agents arrest Ghassan Elashi and brothers in 2002.
A founder of the Texas chapter of a highly influential U.S. Islamic lobby group was found guilty of supporting terrorism.

Ghassan Elashi, along with two brothers, was convicted in Dallas yesterday of channeling funds to a high-ranking official of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, Mousa Abu Marzook.

Elashi was a board member of the Texas chapter of the Washington, D.C.-based Council on American Islamic Relations -- the third CAIR figure to be convicted on federal terrorism charges since 9-11.

CAIR is a spin-off of the Richardson, Texas-based Islamic Association For Palestine, or IAP, which was founded by Marzook.

Former FBI counterterrorism chief Oliver Revell has called the IAF "a front organization for Hamas that engages in propaganda for Islamic militants."


Prosecutors said Ghassan Elashi, with brothers Bayan and Basman, tried to hide a $250,000 investment by Marzook in their Richardson, Texas, computer company, then funneled payments to Marzook in return.

Marzook, deputy chief of Hamas' political bureau in Syria, founded the IAP in 1991. At its conferences in the U.S., the IAP hosted leaders of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. Marzook was deported in 1997.

Ghassan Elashi, Bayan Elashi and their company were found guilty of all 21 federal counts: conspiracy, money laundering and dealing in property of a terrorist, the Associated Press reported.

The AP did not mention Ghassan Elashi's role with CAIR, however.

Each count carries a maximum 10 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled Aug. 1.

Facing the same 21 counts, Basman Elashi was convicted of three counts of conspiracy but acquitted of the other charges.

Ghassan Elashi did not comment on the conviction, but lawyer Tim Evans said, according to the AP, "It's hard times for people of Middle Eastern descent."

Michael P. Gibson, vowing an appeal, said, "There is no evidence that money ever funded any terrorism. This is not a terrorism case, it's a financial crimes case."

When the Elashis were indicted in 2002, then-Attorney General John Ashcroft called them "terrorist money men."

It's not the first conviction for Ghassan Elashi.

As chairman of the Holy Land Foundation charity in Dallas, Elashi was convicted last year of making illegal technology shipments to two countries on the U.S. list of terrorist-sponsoring states, Libya and Syria. Four brothers, including Bayan and Basman, also were convicted.

Other CAIR figures convicted since 9-11 are Randall Todd "Ismail" Royer, a former communications specialist and civil rights coordinator, and Bassem Khafagi, former director of community relations.

Royer was sentenced to 20 years in prison on charges he trained in Virginia for holy war against the United States and sent several members to Pakistan to join Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Kashmiri terrorist group with reported ties to al-Qaida.

In a plea bargain, Royer claimed he never intended to hurt anyone but admitted he organized the holy warriors after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S.

After his arrest, Royer sought legal counsel from Hamas lawyer Stanley Cohen, who said after 9-11 he would consider serving as a defense lawyer for Osama bin Laden if the al-Qaida leader were captured.

Khafagi, was arrested in January 2003 while serving with CAIR and convicted on fraud and terrorism charges.

Current CAIR leaders also have made statements in support of Hamas and the domination of the U.S. by Islam.

As WorldNetDaily reported, CAIR's chairman of the board, Omar Ahmad, was cited by a California newspaper in 1998 declaring the Quran should be America's highest authority.

He also was reported to have said Islam is not in America to be equal to any other religion but to be dominant.
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Friday, April 15, 2005

Was ricin the last act of terror cell?

By Sean O’Neill
London Times
THE failed al-Qaeda plot to carry out a chemical attack in Britain may have been the final act of an extensive terrorist network established by a leading Algerian Islamist.
Kamel Bourgass, who is expected to spend at least 30 years in prison for the ricin conspiracy and the murder of Detective Constable Stephen Oake, was part of a worldwide cell headed by the notorious Abu Doha.

Bourgass was just one of the fanatics recruited, inspired and guided by Doha, 39, who is also known as Dr Haider, the Doctor, Rachid, Amar Makhlulif and Didier Ajuelos.

Others included Ahmed Ressam, jailed in the United States over a planned millennium bomb attack on Los Angeles airport, and Nizar Trabelsi, in prison in Belgium for plotting to blow up a Nato airbase.

Those in the front line against terrorism are reluctant to claim that the Abu Doha network has been wound up.

“It would be foolhardy to say it was finished,” a senior anti-terrorist officer said. “The Abu Doha network is very resilient and our experience shows that these networks do change and can mutate very quickly.”

But the thwarting of the ricin plot was a major success and since then the bulk of terror threats in Britain have come from different cells, often of Asian or domestic origin.

Doha was a member of the Salafist Group for Call and Combat (GSPC), a terrorist group which has carried out widespread atrocities in Algeria. In 1998, according to a US indictment, he won permission from Osama bin Laden to set up the Khalden training camp in Afghanistan for Algerians and other North Africans.

Hundreds trained at Khalden and some who have since been arrested have testified that bin Laden visited regularly. Many left to fight alongside Islamists in Chechnya, but others were encouraged to base themselves in the West and carry out attacks there.

With his camp established, Doha stationed himself in North London amid the growing Algerian population fleeing the bitter conflict in their homeland. The Finsbury Park mosque was a focal point for the community.

Authorising the detention of one of his associates, a judge described Doha as “a senior terrorist”.

Mr Justice Ouseley said: “In Afghanistan, he had held a senior position in training camps organising the passage of Mujahidin volunteers to and from those camps.

“He had a wide range of extremist Islamic contacts inside and outside the United Kingdom, including links to individuals involved in terrorist operations,” he said. “He was involved in a number of extremist agendas.

“By being in the United Kingdom, he had brought cohesion to Algerian extremists based here and he had strengthened the existing links with individuals associated with the terrorist training facilities in Afghanistan and in Pakistan.”

Doha was in regular phone contact with Ressam, whose plan to attack Los Angeles airport was foiled when he was arrested near Seattle with explosives and detonators in his car.

Ressam had been refused refugee status in Montreal and was the subject of an immigration arrest warrant. Facing a 130-year jail term in the US he agreed to co-operate with the FBI and provided invaluable intelligence.

In December 2000 German police raided a flat in Frankfurt and found bomb-making equipment. Four men were arrested. They also discovered a recent video of the Christmas market in Strasbourg, France, with a commentary describing the crowds as “enemies of God”.

The German authorities had acted after a tip-off from British Intelligence which had intercepted a phone call between one of the men and Doha.

Four men, three of whom had lived in Britain, were jailed by a German court for the plot in March 2003.

Doha himself was arrested at Heathrow airport in February 2001 attempting to board a flight to Saudi Arabia with a false passport. A search of his London home recovered false passports and diagrams for bombs similar to those found in Ressam’s possession.

Doha remains in Belmarsh prison, southeast London, fighting extradition to the US.

Such is the nature of the al-Qaeda phenomenon — with its activists trained to be freelance, self-sufficient operators — that his network continued without him. Rabah Kadre, known as Toufiq, took command.

In July 2001 Djamel Beghal, who had lived in Leicester, was arrested in Dubai and allegedly admitted a plot to attack the US Embassy in Paris. He is in prison in France.

Days after the September 11 attacks Nizar Trabelsi, a Tunisian former professional footballer, was detained in Brussels in possession of bomb-making materials. He had trained in Afghanistan, volunteered to be a suicide bomber and is in jail for plotting to attack the Kleine Brogel Nato airbase.

In December 2001 emergency powers were introduced to detain foreign terror suspects without trial.

Many of those rounded up were associates of Doha. They are now free under the terms of terrorist control orders. Almost a year later the network suffered another blow when its new head, Kadre, was arrested in London. Police believe that he had come to activate the ricin plot. Two months later the poisons conspiracy was smashed and Bourgass was arrested.

The authorities dare not say it out loud, but their very real hope is that the Doha cell is finally defunct
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Cleveland mosque leader accused of laundering money

John Caniglia
Cleveland Plain Dealer Reporter
A leader of a Cleveland mosque was indicted Wednesday on charges of laundering $286,000 in what federal agents say were stolen cigarette profits.

West Park accountant Abrar Haque, his wife, Nuzaira, and two others are accused of conspiracy in their attempt to shield one of Haque's business clients from federal agents. In February, FBI and IRS agents searched Haque's office, his home in Berea and a building containing the Islamic Mosque and a school.

Within weeks after the search, Haque left the area, and authorities are uncertain whether he is still in the country. His attorney, Mark DeVan, declined to comment.

Haque, 43, is a certified public accountant and financial planner who helped launch the Islamic Mosque on Lorain Avenue 15 years ago. It has since moved to Rocky River Drive, where it hoped to revitalize a neighborhood.

Federal prosecutors are seeking to seize, through forfeiture, $60,000 taken during the searches, as well as Haque's home on Weatherstone Drive in Berea, which is worth $225,000.

Prosecutors said he paid for his home with cash from the laundering scheme.

Two business clients of the accountant, Mohammad Shahabuddin and Omar Abedrabbo, also were charged with conspiracy.

In documents, federal prosecutors said one of Haque's clients said he owned a business, Carnation Inc. The business gave the accountant $330,000 between 2003 and 2004. Carnation Inc. is not charged with any crime.

The indictment said nearly all of the money involved proceeds from cigarettes stolen in North Carolina that were transported to Ohio; $44,000 came from other illegal activity, the indictment said.

Haque wrote checks on various accounts and kept 10 percent for himself, according to the charges.

By cashing checks from an accountant, the business would avoid drawing the attention of bank officials when depositing large amounts.

Haque wrote one check, for $28,000, from an account of the Islamic Mosque, the indictment says.

Julia Shearson, director of the Cleveland office of the Council on American Islamic Relations, said: "Just like all other Americans, the defendants are presumed to be innocent. Their case should be given all due-process considerations, as are granted under our judicial system."

To reach this Plain Dealer reporter:

jcaniglia@plaind.com, 216-999-4128
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Thursday, April 14, 2005

The al-Qaeda plot to poison Britain

London Times
By Stewart Tendler and Sean O’Neill

Murderer who planned to contaminate toothbrushes and face cream was allowed to slip through immigration net


AN AL-QAEDA terrorist who planned to create mass panic with a chemical attack could have been deported as an illegal immigrant six months before he stabbed a police officer to death.

Kamel Bourgass, a failed asylum-seeker who plotted to smear car door handles and contaminate toiletries, including Nivea face cream, and toothbrushes in shops with ricin, had been arrested in East London for shoplifting in 2002.

He was reported to the immigration authorities but no enforcement officer was available to interview him or take him into custody. Sources have told The Times that a shortage of officers means that none are on duty overnight in London.

Magistrates could have deported or detained him but fined him £70 and freed him. In January 2003, while on the run after the discovery of a safe house where he was trying to make ricin and cyanide, Bourgass murdered Detective Constable Stephen Oake and wounded three other officers.

The full story of the plot can be told after a year-long series of interlinked trials at the Old Bailey. Bourgass, 32, an Algerian Islamist, was jailed for life for murder and given further jail terms for attempted murder and wounding in June last year.

He was sentenced to 17 years’ jail yesterday for conspiracy to commit a public nuisance “by the use of poisons or explosives to cause disruption, fear or injury”. Mr Justice Penry-Davey told Bourgass: “The courts take a very serious view of those who, for misguided ideological reasons or political motives, seek to destabilise society by terrorism.”

But in a blow to the police and intelligence services, who arrested more than 100 people and visited 26 countries, his four co-defendants were cleared of involvement.

After deliberating for more than 74 hours, the jury decided that there was not enough evidence. A third trial involving four other men was abandoned and the men formally cleared.

The police inquiry began as an investigation into terrorist fundraising before detectives stumbled upon a plan to make crude poisons. It was thwarted after the arrest in Algeria of Mohammed Meguerba, an al-Qaeda terrorist who confessed his part and directed officers to a flat in Wood Green, North London, in January 2003.

In the flat were copies of poison recipes taken from al-Qaeda manuals, with the raw materials and equipment to make small quantities.

Meguerba and Bourgass had not been planning mass murder but a campaign which could have created hysteria. Bourgass was traced to a Manchester bedsit but, using combat techniques learnt in Afghanistan, he snatched a knife and caused a bloodbath in which Mr Oake died. An officer from Greater Manchester Police has been disciplined for the poor organisation of the arrest.

One element of the police operation was the closure of Finsbury Park mosque, where Bourgass sometimes slept. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke, head of the Anti-Terrorist Branch, said that the public had been “spared from a real and deadly threat”. Mr Clarke added: “This is an important conviction that has removed a very dangerous man from our streets. In his attempts to evade capture he murdered DC Stephen Oake, an appalling tragedy that must not be forgotten.”

The case will fuel the election debate over immigration. David Davis, the Shadow Home Secretary, said that Bourgass “should have been deported when his asylum application failed”.
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Britain still hub for Islamic militants

Newsday

BY MOHAMAD BAZZI
MIDDLE EAST CORRESPONDENT

BEIRUT, Lebanon -- The U.S. indictment of three British nationals, including a senior al-Qaida operative, in an alleged plot to blow up financial buildings in New York and other cities once again highlights Britain's role as a center for Islamic militants.

The three men operated out of Britain for years until they were arrested in an August raid on a house in a London suburb. They are now awaiting trial before a British court on terrorism-related charges.

With their indictment in the United States, the suspects -- Dhiren Barot, Nadeem Tarmohamed and Qaisir Shaffi -- join a list of Islamic militants whom the U.S. government wants to extradite from Britain. The process could take years, and some militants may never be handed over because they could face the death penalty in U.S. courts.

For years, the British government monitored Islamic extremists but did not shut them down. Officials feared arrests would drive the groups underground, making them more difficult to track. After the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, though, British authorities moved to rein in those suspected of having ties to terror groups.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair's government tightened asylum and extradition laws and made incitement to religious hatred a criminal offense. Blair also gave police the power to hold terrorism suspects indefinitely without charge.

Despite those moves, London is still home to Islamic militants from Egypt, Algeria, Yemen, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and other countries. They were attracted to the city because it is a global financial center, an international travel hub and home to a vast immigrant population, including 2 million Muslims. Britain also has a tradition of taking in refugees and asylum-seekers.

"For many years, Islamic activists were able to operate with ease in Britain. Some openly advocated violence, while others tried to highlight human rights abuses in their homelands," said Diaa Rashwan, a leading expert on Islamic militancy at the Al-Ahram Center for Strategic Studies in Cairo. "After Sept. 11, it became harder for them to operate."

The presence of Islamic militants in London -- and their leaders' frequent pronouncements criticizing Middle East regimes and at times supporting Osama bin Laden -- generated a debate about asylum policies and the limits of free speech. The asylum issue has long strained relations between Egypt and Britain, which has been the favored destination of Islamic militants targeted by President Hosni Mubarak's regime.

Since the early 1990s, Egypt has tried unsuccessfully to extradite nearly 20 militants from Britain. Before the Sept. 11 attacks, the British had also rebuffed extradition requests from Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. British courts have repeatedly ruled that militants should not be sent back to countries where there is a death penalty or where they could not be assured fair trials.

One of the most prominent militants that the Egyptians have tried to extradite is Yasser al-Sirri, a former leader of Islamic Jihad, the group that assassinated President Anwar Sadat in 1981. Al-Sirri, who was granted asylum in Britain, has been sentenced to death in absentia by an Egyptian military court.

"In Britain, there is a system of law which Tony Blair must obey," al-Sirri told Newsday in 2001. "Hosni Mubarak does not obey any law."

Shortly after the interview, al-Sirri was arrested for issuing statements on behalf of various militant groups. He has been in and out of British prisons several times since then.
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Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Hold Their Feet to the Fire National Drive for Immigration Reform Less than Two Week Away

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THREE BRITISH NATIONALS INDICTED ON CHARGES OF CONSPIRING TO USE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, PROVIDING MATERIAL SUPPORT TO TERRORISTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey, Assistant Attorney Christopher A. Wray of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney David N. Kelley of the Southern District of New York, and FBI Executive Assistant Director Gary Bald announced today that three British nationals have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Manhattan on charges of conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction, providing material support and resources to terrorists, and conspiring to damage and destroy buildings.

The four-count indictment names: Dhiren Barot, a/k/a “Esa al-Britani,” “Abu Esa al-Britani,” “Esa al-Hindi,” and “Issa al-Hindi”; Nadeem Tarmohamed; and Qaisar Shaffi. The indictment alleges that the defendants entered the United States in 2000 and 2001 to conduct surveillance of several buildings in New York, Northern New Jersey and Washington, D.C. as part of a conspiracy to damage and destroy the buildings. After discovery of the surveillance activities, the Homeland Security Advisory level was raised from “Elevated” (Yellow) to “High” (Orange) for those communities until November 2004. As indicated in the indictment, the conspiracies to attack buildings were ongoing until August 2004, when the defendants were arrested in the United Kingdom.

The defendants are charged with: conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction against persons within the United States, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2332a (a)(2); conspiracy to provide and conceal material support and resources to terrorists, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2339A; providing and concealing material support and resources to terrorists, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2339A; and conspiracy to damage and destroy buildings used in interstate and foreign commerce, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 844 (i) and (n).

The defendants are currently in custody in the United Kingdom, facing criminal charges in that country. At the conclusion of those proceedings, the United States intends to seek the extradition of all three defendants so that they may stand trial in this country.

If convicted of the charges in the United States, the defendants face a maximum sentence of life in prison on the charge of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, 15 years in prison on each material support count, and 20 years in prison on the charge of conspiring to damage and destroy buildings.

“The conspiracy laid out in the indictment was designed to kill as many Americans as possible, and the alleged surveillance of these buildings makes these allegations all the more serious,” said Deputy Attorney General James Comey. “Through the hard work of many of our law enforcement partners both here and overseas, we were able to hold those behind the conspiracy accountable for their actions and ensure that their plans to harm our homeland never materialized.”

“The fact that these terrorists stalked their targets while surrounded by innocent and unsuspecting Americans going about their everyday affairs reminds all of us that a successful campaign against terrorism calls upon all of us to be ever-vigilant,” said U.S. Attorney David N. Kelley of the Southern District of New York. “The entire law enforcement community is committed to this battle and will travel the globe to bring to justice any and all terrorists, particularly those plotting to commit terrorist acts on our soil.”

Gary Bald, the FBI’s Executive Assistant Director for Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence, said, “These indictments show once again that the battle against terrorism is global, and to win it, we must be able to investigate aggressively and piece together intelligence from the country and across the world. This case is a success story because of strong cooperation between the New York and New Jersey Joint Terrorism Task Forces, other JTTFs across the country, our Legal Attache Office in London, our counterparts in the U.K., and other international partners.”

The indictment alleges that at various times from on or about Aug. 17, 2000 through April 8, 2001, the three defendants visited and conducted surveillance on buildings and surrounding neighborhoods in the United States, including the International Monetary Fund World Headquarters and the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C., the Prudential Corporate Plaza and World Headquarters Building in Newark, New Jersey, and the New York Stock Exchange Building and the Citigroup Centre in Manhattan, New York. This surveillance allegedly included, among other things, video surveillance conducted in Manhattan in or about April 2001. The indictment alleges that the surveillance was part of the conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.

The indictment alleges that in or about 1998, Barot served as a lead instructor at a jihad training camp in Afghanistan where recruits were taught to use weapons and received other paramilitary training. In about June 2000, Barot allegedly applied to a college in New York to conceal the true purpose of his subsequent trips to the United States. While he was admitted to the college for the 2000 and 2001 school years, the indictment alleges that he never enrolled in or attended any classes at the college. The indictment details several trips that the defendants made between the United Kingdom and the United States during the course of the charged conspiracy.

The prosecutors responsible for this case are George Z. Toscas of the Counterterrorism Section of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Eric B. Bruce and Joon H. Kim of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York. The Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs assisted in this matter. The investigation was led by the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the New York Police Department and the Joint Terrorist Task Force, with assistance from FBI agents and JTTF members across the country and at the FBI Legal Attache’s Office in London, England.

The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations. All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless convicted in a
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Monday, April 11, 2005

Act Now to Defeat Senate Passage of AgJOBS Amnesty and other Liberalizing Immigration Provisions

Several senators have threatened to attach amnesty and other immigration liberalizing amendments to the emergency war supplemental bill being considered by the Senate this week. Debate on the bill begins TODAY - your immediate action is crucial to defeating these open-border amendments! Visit our action alert for details.


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New Cosponsors of Key Bills
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H.R. 1219 - Legislation to Eliminate the Diversity Visa Lottery Program

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR)
H.R. 1438 - No Social Security for Illegal Immigrants Act of 2005
Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD)
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FAIR Press Releases

False Choice Yield False Polling Data About Immigration (April 7, 2005)
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Recent Floor Statements

On April 6, Rep. Thomas Price (R-GA) commented on Illegal Immigration
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Upcoming Events

The House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims will hold an oversight hearing on "Immigration and the Alien Gang Epidemic: Problems and Solutions." When and Where: April 13, 4 p.m., 2141 Rayburn House Office Building.

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