The Zero Sum Dismantled
According to 9th circuit judges, zero terrorists in America arrived from countries on President Trump’s ban list. It’s been a commonly cited figure by those who oppose Trump’s travel ban.
However, a new report reveals a stark contrast to the previous figure. It now seems there are seventy-two convicted terrorists or terrorist supporters who came from the banned countries since September 11, 2001.
According to director of policy studies Jessica Vaughan, “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.”
The full report can be found here, on the Center for Immigration Studies website.
Twenty people with ties to terrorism came from Somalia, nineteen from both Yemen and Iraq, seven from Syria, four from Iran, two from Libya, and one from Sudan. Some claimed to be refugees and students, others just immigrants.
According to a Senate report, Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a Somalian native , was convicted of “use of weapon of mass destruction.” He attempted to set off a car bomb at a Christmas tree lighting in Portland, Oregon. It was later revealed he was affiliated with Al-Qaeda.
Basaaly Saeed Moalin, also a Somalian native, was convicted of “material support to terrorists” and “material support to designated foreign terrorist organizations.” According to FBI archives, Basaaly “conspired to raise money for the foreign terrorist organization and send it back to Somalia.” The organization in question; Al-Shabaab.
The full list of suspects and their convictions from a Senate subcommittee hearing can be found here:
The Lifespan of the Ban
Vaughan continued: “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 President 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.”
President Trump will be called upon to prove the legality of the travel ban on February 17th. According to Vaughan, “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.”
The Donald is confident he’ll win the court case. Understanding the accuracy of these statistics, I’m beginning to he hope he will.