WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Ranjha, who had spent eight years in a US jail, departed the United States on Monday from the state of Texas under escort by deportation officers. He was turned over to authorities in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, the release noted.
"Aliens living in the United States, who are engaged in or suspected of supporting terrorism, are a direct threat to our country’s national security," ICE Director Sarah R. Saldana stated in announcing the deportation of financier Saifullah Anjum Ranjha on Wednesday. "As such, they are our highest priority for removal."
With the United States nervous over recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, the US state of California and elsewhere, foreign-born terrorist supporters living in the country have become a top priority for deportation.
Recent terror-related removals include an Iranian man who exported sensitive helicopter components, a Turkish woman who supported overseas terrorist groups and a convicted hijacker who was sent back to Lebanon, according to the release.