Since the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, dozens of people from the seven countries on President Donald Trump's "travel ban" list have been convicted on charges of terrorism, a new report reveals.
According to a report from the Center for Immigration Studies, 72 people from Somalia, Sudan, Iraq, Yemen, Iran, Syria and Libya have been convicted on terrorism charges since 9/11. The finding stands in stark contrast to the liberal narrative, which says there is "no evidence" to prove that people from the seven countries are a risk to the United States or U.S. citizens.
Of the 72 people, the study found that 17 entered as refugees, three as students, one on a diplomatic visa while 10 were lawful permanent residents and 25 eventually became U.S. citizens.
The breakdown of convictions per country is:
- Somalia: 20
- Yemen: 19
- Iraq: 19
- Syria: 7
- Iran: 4
- Libya: 2
- Sudan: 1
More from the Center for Immigration Studies:
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.
The center based their findings on a 2016 report from the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, which was chaired by then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), and found that of the 580 people convicted on terrorism charges since 9/11, 380 of them are foreign-born. The subcommittee reportedly had to use open source data because the Obama administration refused to provide immigration data.
Trump's immigration and executive order originally sought to temporarily halt the U.S. refugee resettlement program for 120 days so his administration could implement a plan for "extreme vetting." The order also temporarily barred travelers from those seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days.
However, a federal judge earlier in February put a temporary stay on Trump's order, which effectively ended the government's implementation of it. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that decision on Thursday.
It's not clear what the administration's next move will be, but Center for Immigration Studies' report makes it clear that there is evidence to prove that terrorism has come to America via the seven countries on Trump's "travel ban."