Study: Since 9/11, 72 convicted terrorists have come to U.S. from countries named in travel ban

Study: Since 9/11, 72 convicted terrorists have come to U.S. from countries named in travel ban
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Surprise, surprise! Since 9/11, 72 of the individuals convicted of terrorism have hailed from the seven countries named in President Trump’s travel ban, according to a newly released study by the Center for Immigration Studies. That’s convicted of terrorism. Not suspected and not arrested.

Even worse, the Senate data on which the study was based us incomplete, so it’s quite possible that this number is even higher.

Here’s what the data that could be studied show with respect to the number of convictions and the country of origin:

  • Somalia: 20
  • Yemen: 19
  • Iraq: 19
  • Syria: 7
  • Iran: 4
  • Libya: 2
  • Sudan: 1
  • Total: 72

The study further reveals at least 17 of the 72 entered the United States as refugees from terror-prone countries. Three came in on student visas, and one arrived using a diplomatic visa. At least 25 of these terrorists eventually became citizens, and 10 became lawful permanent residents. Only four of them were illegal aliens.That means that 68 of the 72 terrorists from these seven countries entered legally and were fully vetted and cleared to come to the United States. So much for the vetting process under the Obama administration.

More from the study:

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.

But don’t expect Democrats or their rogue judiciary to back down from their suicidal position when it comes to the Trump travel ban, which — bear in mind — was meant to obtain for a maximum of 90 days for each of the countries listed except for Syria. They will continue to join hands and sing Kumbaya until the next 9/11 silences them, one way or another.

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Onan Coca

Onan Coca

Onan Coca is editor-in-chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He is also managing editor of Eagle Rising and, and a managing partner of

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