According to Fox News, 300 of the 1,000 FBI domestic terrorism cases involve those admitted to the U.S. as refugees.
President Donald Trump recently revised his executive order on immigration, banning travel for anyone without U.S. citizenship from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen.
Trump said safety is his main concern for U.S. citizens, which is why he is following through with the temporary ban that was initially blocked by a U.S. federal judge.
The number of terror investigations involving refugees was confirmed on Monday by Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions, Fox reports.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials said some of the refugees came to “infiltrate” the U.S., while others were radicalized after they settled into the country.
“Like every nation, the United States has a right to control who enters our country and to keep out those who would do us harm,” Sessions said.
On Monday, the DHS also made it clear that previous draft documents released by the Associated Press had incomplete information, leading news outlet to report there was no connection between refugees and terrorism, which isn’t the case.
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In fact, FBI Director James Comey said that in late 2015, some 900 terror investigations were going on and that Monday’s report includes the first linkage between refugees and terrorism.
“If that becomes the new normal,” Comey said, “that would be hard to keep up.”
The current immigration status of those 300 refugees who were subjects of terroristic threats has not been released at this time, according to a Reuters source. But, the DHS said the recent executive order is necessary to making sure the U.S. vetting process is effective and safe.
“We must undertake a rigorous review of our visa and refugee vetting programs to increase our confidence in the entry decisions we make for visitors and immigrants to the United States,” Sec. of Homeland Security John Kelly said. “We cannot risk the prospect of malevolent actors using our immigration system to take American lives.”
Refugees have played a role in several terror attacks in the United States. Somali refugee Abdul Razak Ali Artan drove his car into a crowd at Ohio State University in November. Artan had posted to Facebook earlier that day, warning Americans not to mess with Muslim communities.
Somali refugee Dahir Adan stabbed and injured nine people at a mall in Minnesota while reportedly yelling “Allahu Akbar.”
The father of Orlando nightclub shooter, Seddique Mateen is an Afghan refugee.
According to the DHS report released on Monday, there are hundreds of refugees that are at the center of FBI counterterrorism investigations.
H/T: Fox News
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