Over 20 alleged convicted terrorists in the U.S. within the past three years were immigrants or refugees from the 7 predominately Muslim countries that Trump banned from entering the U.S.
The connections of the terrorists cases to the countries President Trump has banned were reported by the Daily Caller Monday.
On Friday, Trump signed an executive order to temporarily suspend entry from immigrants coming from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen. The order states that it aims to “protect the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals admitted to the United States.”
The controversial ban immediately sparked chaos and outrage among media pundits and Democrats who held massive demonstrations in airports across the country repudiating Trump’s crackdown on immigration. Many accused the president of choosing the wrong countries or failing to include Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, and Azerbaijan. Some even cited that terror is not caused by immigrants coming from those seven countries listed in Trump’s order.
The Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security under former President Obama outright refused to publicize the immigration status of individuals implicated in terrorism, according to the report.
Using publicly accessible information, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest identified over 17 individuals who were implicated in terrorism between March 2014 and June 2016 and were determined to be natives of those seven banned nations.
Out of those 17 terrorists, 8 were convicted of crimes related to providing material support to ISIS.
Among the individuals implicated in terrorism-related crimes include:
Somali refugee, Abdinassir Mohamud Ibrahim, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2015 for providing material support to a Somali terrorist group called Al-Shabaab.
Omar Faraj Saeed Al Harden, an Iraqi refugee who became a permanent legal resident, pled guilty in 2016 for providing material support to ISIS.
The Daily Caller reported that since June 2016, “at least one individual was indicted for terrorism charges from a country temporarily banned from entering the U.S., and at least one was convicted of terrorism charges.” In addition, two perpetrators were involved in stabbings at a mall in St. Cloud, Minn. and also at Ohio State University, and both cases involved Somalian refugees.
Unlike the Obama Administration, Trump plans to release the immigration status of terrorist within six months, as described in the executive order.
H/T: The Daily Caller
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