On Friday, President Donald Trump issued an executive order pausing immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, much to the fake tear-filled complaints of Democrats calling the temporary ban un-American (it’s not) and arguing that the order targeted all the wrong countries.
But according to a report from The Daily Caller, there have been at least 20 alleged terrorists who have entered the United States as immigrants or refugees from those seven countries—Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen—expressly listed on the executive order:
The Obama administration’s Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security refused to make public the immigration status of individuals implicated in terrorism, so the exact number of immigrant terrorists is unknown.
However, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest used publicly available information and identified at least 17 individuals from these seven nations that from March 2014 to June 2016 were implicated in terrorism. Eight of these are terrorists convicted for crimes mainly related to giving material support or attempting to give material support to ISIS.
The last three terrorist-linked men entered the U.S. after June of 2016. “At least one individual was indicted for terrorism charges from a country temporarily banned from entering the U.S., and at least one was convicted of terrorism charges,” notes The Daily Caller.
It should noted that the countries expressly listed in the order are not only rife with terrorism, but most are lacking functioning governments, as noted by Rich Lowry, which makes vetting individuals even more complicated, if not impossible.
All of this is not to say that Trump’s executive order isn’t lacking important carve-outs (it is) or that is was carried out mistake-free (it definitely wasn’t) but it does show the obvious: It is wise to implement legislation that enables proper vetting for all refugees and migrants from at least these countries.
Lastly, let us not forget that the list of temporarily banned countries was not originally President Trump’s idea, but President Obama’s.