We know the mainstream media will jump at the chance at every opportunity to try and identify "right wingers" as terrorists. All you have to do is look to the Aurora shooting, the Manchester bombing or any number of Islamic jihad attacks that have occurred and several outlets have attempted to tie them to the "right wing."
They have been aided in the past by the Obama administration that sought to label evangelical Christians before devout Islamists as potential terrorists, along with dozens of other patriots. Even our veterans can't escape the label.
Now a report put out this month by the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security claims that 3 out of 4 people convicted of international terrorism or terror-related charges in the US are foreign-born.
The report was required by Section 11 of President Trump’s Executive Order 13780, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, which declared that “it is the policy of the United States to protect its citizens from terrorist attacks, including those committed by foreign nationals."
According to the report, three out of every four individuals convicted of international terrorism-related charges in US federal courts between September 11, 2001, and December 31, 2016 were foreign-born.
The total number of convictions were 549. Of those convicted, 402 were foreign born. That's roughly 73%.
The break down looks like this:
- 254 were not U.S. citizens;
- 148 were foreign-born, naturalized and received U.S. citizenship; and,
- 147 were U.S. citizens by birth.
The report indicates that not all terrorism cases are "suitable for criminal prosecution."
"While DOJ is responsible for prosecuting international terrorism-related offenses in the federal courts, not all cases involving foreign nationals with a nexus to terrorism are suitable for criminal prosecution. In certain instances, the removal of an individual from the United States may be the most effective way to fulfill the national security interests of the United States," the report states.
Therefore, during the same period of time as the convictions, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) removed approximately 1,716 aliens with national security concerns, and in 2017 alone, Homeland Security had 2,554 encounters with individuals on the terrorist watch list traveling to the United States.
I'm not sure I agree with that, but then neither am I in agreement that a prison sentence is in the national security interest of the US. I'm more inclined to believe that bringing justice is the best way to bring security.
Interestingly enough, we are not told their ideology, though all of those mentioned in the report have Muslim names. I'm curious as to the ideology of those who are US citizens by birth. I'd be willing to bet 3 out of 4 of those are Islamic.
Additionally, the report contains a section that is absolutely mind-boggling on page 8.
There is no federal statute specifically prohibiting “honor killings” and the federal government lacks comprehensive data regarding incidents of such offenses at the state and local levels. Although the federal government lacks independent data regarding incidents of honor killings, a study commissioned and provided to the DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Statistics in 2014 estimated that an average of 23-27 honor killings occur every year in the United States. Based on a representative sample studied through open media sources, 91 percent of the victims in honor killings in North America were murdered for being “too westernized.” The study further estimated that approximately 1,500 forced marriages occur every year in the United States.
Seriously, dod you need a prohibition against "honor killings" to prosecute murder? What difference does it make what it is called except to point the finger at the ideology behind it? Again, bring justice upon the criminal.
The Justice Department also pointed out that in FY 2017, of the 2,554 individuals encountered by DHS on the terrorist watchlist traveling to the US, 335 were attempting to enter by land, 2,170 were attempting to enter by air, and 49 were attempting to enter by sea.
Over 2,000 were trying to get here by air! Think about that with all the wall talk.
The DOJ also added:
From October 1, 2011, to September 30, 2017, a total of 355,345 non-U.S. citizen offenders, were administratively arrested after previously being convicted of an aggravated felony, as defined in 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(43), or two or more crimes each punishable by more than one year (felony offenses). During that same period, a total of 372,098 non-U.S. citizen offenders were removed from the United States after conviction of an aggravated felony or two or more felonies.
Data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate shows that between 2007 and 2017, USCIS referred 45,858 foreign nationals who applied for immigration benefits to ICE for criminal or civil enforcement action, based on information indicating that such foreign nationals had committed egregious public safety-related offenses within the United States.
Between FY 2010 and FY 2016, CBP identified and prevented the boarding of 73,261 foreign travelers on flights destined for the United States, who may have presented an immigration or security risk.
“This report reveals an indisputable sobering reality—our immigration system has undermined our national security and public safety,” said Attorney General Sessions. “And the information in this report is only the tip of the iceberg: we currently have terrorism-related investigations against thousands of people in the United States, including hundreds of people who came here as refugees."
"Our law enforcement professionals do amazing work, but it is simply not reasonable to keep asking them to risk their lives to enforce the law while we admit thousands every year without sufficient knowledge about their backgrounds," Sessions added. "The pillars of President Trump’s immigration policy—securing our porous borders, moving to a merit-based immigration system that ends the use of diversity visas and chain migration, and enforcing our nation’s laws—will make their jobs easier and make the United States a safer place.”
Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen said that her top priority as Homeland Security Secretary was to "ensure the safety and security of the American people."
“This report is a clear reminder of why we cannot continue to rely on immigration policy based on pre-9/11 thinking that leaves us woefully vulnerable to foreign-born terrorists, and why we must examine our visa laws and continue to intensify screening and vetting of individuals traveling to the United States to prevent terrorists, criminals, and other dangerous individuals from reaching our country," she said. "Without legislative change, DHS will continue to see thousands of terrorists a year attempt to enter the United States, and while we must be right every time, the terrorists only need to be lucky once. Therefore, DHS has personnel deployed around the world and along our borders working with our global and domestic law enforcement partners to stop terrorists before they enter the homeland.”
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