In ruling against President Donald Trump’s immigration moratorium last week, the judges of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals maintained that no Americans have died since the 2001 World Trade Center attacks as a result of the actions of immigrants or refugees from the seven countries to which the moratorium applies: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen.
“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 justices wrote, according to The Daily Wire.
Speaking this weekend on Fox News, Brexit leader Nigel Farage noted, however, that while this was true, the court neglected to mention another relevant fact: “(T)here’ve been 72 people arrested in the USA since 9/11 from those countries on terrorism or extreme security issues.”
According to the Center for Immigration Studies, Farage was right.
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) February 12, 2017
“Thirty-three of the 72 individuals from the seven terror-associated countries were convicted of very serious terror-related crimes,” including but not limited to “use of a weapon of mass destruction, conspiracy to commit a terror act, material support of a terrorist or terror group,” etc., the organization concluded in a recent study.
Based on data from a congressional report released last year, the study also showed that of the 72 potential terrorists, 20 arrived in the United States from Somalia, 19 from Yemen, 19 from Iraq, seven from Syria, four from Iran, two from Libya and one from Sudan.
“There are people from these countries that do pose a threat,” Farage added.
Had just one of these immigrants or refugees been able to carry out his attack, the consequences could have been catastrophic, with God knows how many innocent Americans being killed. The only thing that stopped them was the excellent work of law enforcement agents throughout the nation.
While the diligence of our law enforcement is greatly appreciated, they should not be the sole barrier to terrorism. Higher levels of government should make a difference — which, of course, was exactly what the Trump administration had been trying to do before it was thwarted by the leftist 9th Circuit.
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