Two men from the Middle East who came to the U.S. as refugees were arrested in California and Texas and will appear in court Friday, on federal terrorism charges for supporting Islamic militant groups. Linda So reports.
The two Iraqi refugees arrested on terrorism charges are due to appear in federal court on Friday. One of the suspects is from California, the other from Texas. U.S. officials say the 23-year-old Sacramento suspect came to the U.S. as a refugee from Syria in 2012. According to court documents, he's accused of posting on social media his support for what the government says are terrorist groups. He's also accused of lying to investigators about traveling to Syria from the U.S. SOUNDBITE: FLAGG MILLER, TERROR EXPERT, SAYING: "This is an individual who was committed to going back home as an Iraqi to fight what he perceives were corrupt authoritarian regimes." Officials say the Houston suspect entered the U.S. as an Iraqi refugee in 2009. He's charged with providing material support to ISIS. The two arrests have reignited the debate over admitting Syrian refugees into the U.S. SOUNDBITE: TED CRUZ, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, SAYING: "We should not be allowing ISIS terrorists to come back to America with US passports and wage Jihad to attempt to murder innocent men and women in this country." Officials say it does not appear the men were planning an attack on the U.S.