An illegal alien has been arrested in Texas after authorities caught the Jordanian national “studying how to build bombs” to launch a terror attack against Jewish-American people.
The illegal, 20-year-old Sohaib Abuayyash, was reportedly training to target Jews in a possible attack on U.S. soil.
The case was cited by FBI Director Chris Wray as an example of the increased risk of terror attacks in the United States.
“We’ve already seen that with the individual we arrested last week in Houston who had been studying how to build bombs and posted online his support for killing Jews,” Wray said during a congressional hearing this week.
FOX 26 reportedly confirmed from an FBI source that Wray was referring to Abuayyash.
Publicly filed court documents show Abuayyash was in the country illegally.
According to court documents obtained by the TV station, the Jordanian national first arrived in the U.S. as a minor on June 2, 2016, on a B2 tourism visa.
He left the country about two months later.
However, Abuayyash later returned to America illegally.
According to the report, he used false documents to enter the country before claiming asylum.
He was recently granted permission to work in the U.S. under Democrat President Joe Biden’s immigration policies.
“Using a Palestine passport, Abuayyash returned to the United States in June 2019,” FOX 26 stated.
“In January 2020, Abuayyash applied for an Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal, which is still pending.
“In August 2023, Abuayyash was approved for an employment authorization in the United States, allowing him to work in the U.S. until August 1, 2025.
“Abuayyash’s immigration status doesn’t allow him to possess or use firearms or ammunition.”
Abuayyash was arrested in the Houston area in October for unlawful possession of a firearm, according to federal court documents.
A public defender for Abuayyash declined to comment to Fox News Digital.
He previously allegedly posted several images and videos of him training with firearms on social media accounts.
According to CBS News, the judge’s order that detained him states that he hopes to fight in support of the terrorist group Hamas.
Abuayyash “has made statements that he wants to go to Gaza to fight,” the judge noted.
Meanwhile, Wray revealed Tuesday that the FBI is not currently tracking any credible threats against the U.S. from terrorist groups.
“Here in the United States our most immediate concern is that violent extremist individuals or small groups will draw inspiration from the events in the Middle East to carry out attacks against Americans going about their daily lives,” Wray said, according to Houston Public Media.