An article entitled “Hundreds of Migrants from 'Hotbed of ISIS' cross US Southern Border” that was posted on GB News’ website on June 21 says hundreds of migrants from Tajikistan, “a country known as a hotbed of Islamic extremism,” have crossed the US-Mexico border  since Joe Biden entered the White House.

More than 1,500 migrants from Tajikistan have reportedly crossed the border between October 2020 and May 2024

However, only 26 Tajik nationals crossed the border over the previous fourteen years.

It is noted that a leaked documents revealed at least 500 Tajiks have been caught by authorities so far this year. 

The article notes that there has not yet been any figure on how many Tajik migrants were released into the United States.

The vast majority were reportedly caught attempting to claim asylum and enter the United States to await a court hearing

The author claims that “Tajikistan, which borders both China and Afghanistan, has become a hotbed for the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group and its offshoot group Islamic State Khorasan Province (IS-K).”

Ex-counterterrorism official Javed Ali reportedly claimed the surge in Tajik nationals could include IS “seeding people into the United States” to prepare for a possible attack.

As it had been reported earlier, eight people from Tajikistan with suspected ties to the IS terrorist group were arrested in the United States on June 11. The arrests took place in New York, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. The individuals reportedly entered the United States through the southern border.  The nature of their suspected connections to the IS wasn't immediately clear, but the individuals were being tracked by the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Recall, a top Grand Old Party (Grand Old Party, or GOP, is a nickname for the Republican Party) senator Steve Daines told reporters at a press conference on February 27 that a 'high-level individual' warned him that over 50,000 Central Asians crossed illegally into the United States last year.

That same individual from Central Asia, Daines said, also expressed concern about a possible terror attack within the United States, as the migrants could be a 'part of sleeper cells for a possible terror attack on American soil.'

According to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a non-profit that tracks asylum court hearings, at least 40,000 Central Asian nationals are currently awaiting U.S. asylum court proceedings,

Of those Central Asian nationals 17,000 are from Uzbekistan, 7,000 are from Kyrgyzstan, 3,000 are from Tajikistan, 2,700 are from Kazakhstan and 2,000 from Turkmenistan.