DHS Suspends Immigrant Screener After She ‘Celebrates’ Terrorism

On Wednesday evening, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed that the agency had put an employee on leave after she expressed support for Hamas and posted on social media in support of the terrorist group’s massacre of Israeli civilians.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Adjudication Officer Nejwa Ali “has been placed on administrative leave,” according to DHS spokesman Matthew Bourke.

The move came after The Daily Wire broke the news about Ali’s social media posts in support of the Palestinian terror group Hamas — and her previous job as a spokesperson for another terrorist group, the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO).

On her social media, Ali describes herself as “American-born” but “Palestinian @ heart.” She also made several posts celebrating Hamas’ massacre of more than 1,400 Israelis and 27 Americans — including one post depicting armed terrorists paragliding into Israel, which happened during the October 7 attack. The post was captioned: “Free PALESTINE.”

Even after The Daily Wire story prompted broad concern about Ali’s past, she continued to double down on the pro-terrorism rhetoric. In audio shared by The Daily Wire, a reporter asked Ali about her support for the paragliders — and she reaffirmed her support in an obscenity-filled response.

“I abso-f—ing-lutely celebrate [Palestinian hang-gliders], a–hole, f— you!” she said.

According to Ali’s LinkedIn page, her job at the DHS was to “Conduct affirmative interviews with applicants;” “Perform credible fear interviews by reviewing evidence, credibility, and determine admissibility,” and “Coordinate with Fraud Detection National Security team in order to determine fraud or security concerns.”

While she has been placed on leave from this job, conservative lawmakers have demanded that the DHS take stronger action against the terrorism supporter.

In a letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Thursday, Sen. Josh Hawley stated that he was “glad to see that she has now been placed on administrative leave—but that is not enough. If these reports are accurate, you must terminate her employment immediately.”

“As Secretary, you must assure the American people that those charged with determining who enters the United States do so impartially and without prejudice,” the Republican congressman added, requesting records involving every immigration case handled by Ali involving a Palestinian or Jew.

“What safeguards are in place in the asylum adjudication process to remediate any abuses committed by strongly prejudiced immigration officers?” Hawley asked.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) also released a statement about Ali — pointing out that it was “alarming” that she was put in charge of vetting immigrants, especially because expressing the same pro-terrorism sentiments is grounds for deportation for foreign nationals.

“Federal law is clear that any alien who ‘endorses or espouses terrorist activity or persuades others to endorse or espouse terrorist activity or support a terrorist organization’ is inadmissible and must be deported,” he wrote.

In a statement to the Washington Times, former USCIS head Emilio Gonzalez expressed concern that Ali was hired at the agency when a background check would have shown her previous work for a foreign terrorist organization.

“The PLO is a designated foreign terrorist organization … The fact that she worked for them and then was hired by the Department of Homeland Security tells me that somebody dropped the ball with her background checks,” Gonzalez wrote.