In a just-released report, the director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, Jessica M. Vaughan is stating that not only were 380 out of 580 people convicted in terror cases since 9/11 foreign-born but 72 of those terrorists came from the seven countries President Trump has tried to ban temporarily.
Vaughan’s study, released Saturday, Feb. 11, is titled “Study Reveals 72 Terrorists Came From Countries Covered by Trump Vetting Order” and outlines the following:
“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.”
According to The Washington Examiner, the report released Saturday states at least 17 claimed to be refugees from those nations, three came in as students, and 25 eventually became U.S. citizens.
The Center for Immigration Studies posted the number of convicted terrorists originating from President Trump’s seven, temporarily-banned countries on his original executive order:
- Somalia: 20
- Yemen: 19
- Iraq: 19
- Syria: 7
- Iran: 4
- Libya: 2
This finding is in stark contrast to the San Francisco’s Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals statement, which read: “The government has pointed to no evidence…that any alien from any of the countries named in the order has perpetrated a terrorist attack in the United States.”
The conclusion of Vaughan’s report states:
“President Trump’s vetting order is clearly legal under the provisions of section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which says that the president can suspend the entry of any alien or group of aliens if he finds it to be detrimental to the national interest. He should not have to provide any more justification than was already presented in the order, but if judges demand more reasons, here are 72.”
— Jessica Vaughan (@JessicaV_CIS) February 11, 2017
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