DOJ, DHS Report: Three Out of Four Individuals Convicted of International Terrorism and Terrorism-Related Offenses were Foreign-Born
Departments of Justice and Homeland Security Release Data for the First Time on Terrorism-Related Activity.
Today, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a report on terrorism-related activity. It revealed that nearly three out of every four individuals convicted of international terrorism-related charges in U.S. federal courts between September 11, 2001, and December 31, 2016 were foreign-born.
The report breaks down the 549 terrorism-related convictions of individuals by citizenship status when convicted:
- 254 were not U.S. citizens;
- 148 were foreign-born, naturalized and received U.S. citizenship; and,
- 147 were U.S. citizens by birth.
Over the same period, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement removed approximately 1,716 aliens with national security concerns. Further, in 2017 alone DHS had 2,554 encounters with individuals on the terrorist watch list (also known as the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database) traveling to the United States.
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. 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.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told CBS:
“Well, I’ll just start by telling you it’s very concerning. I think what it underlines is that we need to be very clear who’s coming into our country, make sure they’re not a terrorist.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said, “This report reveals an indisputable sobering reality — our immigration system has undermined our national security and public safety.”
The Attorney General added there are “thousands of people” facing terrorism-related investigations right now.
This 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,” The Executive Order directed a series of actions to enhance the security and safety of the American people.
In October, the Trump Administration sent to Congress a list of legislative priorities that would enhance our national security—such as:
- Eliminating diversity visa lottery
- End extended family chain migration
- Fund the wall
- Closing asylum system loopholes
- Combat visa overstays
The Trump Administration views national security and immigration as inextricably linked. As well as the “radicalization” of native-born American citizens.