580 Individuals Convicted of Terror Offenses Since 9/11, Most Are Foreign-Born


Out of the 580 individuals convicted of terror-related offenses since 9/11, at least 380 of those were foreign born, according to research by the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest.

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions released the Subcommittee’s findings Wednesday, which revealed that 65% of all individuals convicted of terror activities are NOT American citizens who became “radicalized,” but in fact, were foreigners – many from the Middle East.

After requesting the information three times and waiting 10 months, the Subcommittee has finally obtained a list from the Department of Justice with a list of 580 individuals who were convicted of terror-related offenses from Sept. 11, 2001 through December 31, 2014.   The Subcommittee then conducted research from this list and learned the following:

  • Out of 580 terror convictions, at least 380 are foreign-born.  (The status of 129 individuals is unknown.)
  •  Of the 380, at least 24 came to the US as refugees.
  • At least 33 came on a visa and overstayed their visa.
  • 62 were from Pakistan, 28 were from Lebanon, 22 were Palestinian, 21 were from Somalia, 20 were from Yemen, 19 were from Iraq, 16 were from Jordan, 17 were from Egypt, and 10 were from Afghanistan.

Because the list does not include any cases from 2015 and 2016, the total numbers to date are likely much higher.

The Subcommittee states:

This information, when considered in light of four major terror attacks in the United States in roughly the past year, alone – Garland, Texas; Chattanooga, Tennessee; San Bernardino, California; and, Orlando, Florida – makes clear that the United States lacks the ability to properly screen individuals prior to their arrival to the United States.  It further makes clear that our nation has a serious assimilation problem. Yet, the Obama Administration has not only refused to provide the requested immigration information of these individuals, but it persists in its desire to continue admitting more aliens from many of these high-risk areas of the world, including at least 6,000 more Syrian refugees between now and September 30.


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