Surprise, surprise, surprise.
Apparently, when you look into the data, examine the facts, and move past the emotional (and irrational) arguments of the left, we find that President Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration is better grounded in reality than our media lets on.
In a just released study from the Center for Immigration Studies we learn that 72 individuals, from the seven countries on President Trump’s travel ban (pause) list have been CONVICTED in terrorism cases since 9/11.
Not suspected. Not arrested. CONVICTED in terrorism cases.
Even worse, the Senate data from which the study was undertaken was incomplete, so it’s quite possible that this number is even higher than the study indicates.
Here’s what the data that could be studied shows, these are the number of terrorists we’ve let in to our nation from these seven countries since 9/11/2001:
- Somalia: 20
- Yemen: 19
- Iraq: 19
- Syria: 7
- Iran: 4
- Libya: 2
- Sudan: 1
- Total: 72
Again, the number could be higher since the researchers could not obtain complete information on each case.
According to the study, at least 17 of the 72 entered the United States as refugees from terror prone countries. Three of them came in on student visas, and one arrived using a diplomatic visa. At least 25 of these terrorists eventually became citizens, ten of them were lawful permanent residents, and ONLY four of them were illegal aliens.
That means that 68 of the 72 terrorists from these seven countries (since 9/11) entered legally, were fully vetted and cleared to come to the United States. Does that give you cause for concern? Does that number imply a greater problem with our vetting system?
More info from the study:
These immigrant terrorists lived in at least 16 different states, with the largest number from the terror-associated countries living in New York (10), Minnesota (8), California (8), and Michigan (6). Ironically, Minnesota was one of the states suing to block Trump’s order to pause entries from the terror-associated countries, claiming it harmed the state. At least two of the terrorists were living in Washington, which joined with Minnesota in the lawsuit to block the order.
Thirty-three of the 72 individuals from the seven terror-associated countries were convicted of very serious terror-related crimes, and were sentenced to at least three years imprisonment. The crimes included use of a weapon of mass destruction, conspiracy to commit a terror act, material support of a terrorist or terror group, international money laundering conspiracy, possession of explosives or missiles, and unlawful possession of a machine gun.
President Trump’s order is lawful (many Presidents have issued similar orders in the past – including President Obama, Bush, Clinton, and Carter), and as this study proves, his order may actually be necessary. He shouldn’t have to do more work to prove that a temporary pause in immigration from a small group of countries is a good idea, especially since all of the information gathered in this study was readily available to anyone with a computer and internet access.
Don’t let the Democrats and the media fool you, folks. In this debate, President Trump is the only one making any sense.