Trump accuses Biden of providing ‘material support for terrorism’ after arrest of migrants over ISIS fears

Trump has been hammering Biden over border in recent speeches

Josh Marcus
San Francisco
Saturday 15 June 2024 02:03 BST
8 suspected terrorists with ties to Isis arrested in Philly, NYC and LA

Support truly
independent journalism

Our mission is to deliver unbiased, fact-based reporting that holds power to account and exposes the truth.

Whether $5 or $50, every contribution counts.

Support us to deliver journalism without an agenda.

Louise Thomas

Louise Thomas


Donald Trump baselessly accused Joe Biden of “providing material support for terrorism” during a speech on Friday, alluding to the recent arrest of eight migrants with suspected ties to ISIS.

“So, in addition to all of his other well-documented offenses, crooked Joe Biden is now also guilty of providing material support for terrorism,” the former president told a crowd gathered for an event in West Palm Beach, Florida, to celebrate his 78th Birthday.

Trump vowed the country is going to “pay a steep price for many, many years” over Biden’s border policy.

The Independent has contacted the White House for comment.

The comments were in reference to a recent federal terrorism investigation, in which eight migrants from Tajikistan were arrested over suspected links to the terror group, after previously crossing the US-Mexico border last year and passing security screening.

Federal officials have provided few details about the arrests, though they’ve described the group as containing “several non-citizens,” according to the FBI and Department of Homeland Security.

A source close to the investigation told CNN the group had been on the radar of officials for over a month. Communications intercepts suggested possible links to ISIS affiliated individuals overseas, prompting the investiation.

The source added that officials aren’t convinced the individuals received training abroad or were purposely sent to engage in violence, but officials felt that expelling the group on immigration violations was a prudent pre-emptive step.

Donald Trump has repeatedly hammered the Biden administration over its border policy, often resorting to racist tropes that paint all migrants, legal and undocumented, as dangerous criminals.

During a recent rally, Trump accused Biden of turning the border into a “dumping ground for the dungeons of the Third World.”

Join our commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in