USA: 3/4 of those convicted of terrorism were born abroad

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January 16, 2018 – FRN – 

RIA – translated by Inessa Sinchougova 

Three quarters of those convicted of terrorism in the United States were born abroad in the last 15 years, according to a joint report of the Ministry of Homeland Security and the Ministry of Justice.

“Among the persons convicted on charges related to international terrorism, three out of every four (a total of 402 people) were born abroad,” the report said. The authors specify that this statistics refer to the period September 11, 2001 – December 31, 2016.

“At the same time, the US immigration and customs police deported about 1,716 foreigners involved in the threat to national security, and in 2017 alone, the Homeland Security Ministry dealt with 2,554 travelers who are on the surveillance list of potential terrorists,” the report.

The report is intended to support the agenda of President Donald Trump, who insists on toughening immigration and banning the entry of citizens of several countries into the United States. 

The way in which suspects are recorded is likely to provoke criticism from Trump’s political opponents. The fact of being born abroad does not mean that the suspects in terrorism were illegally in the United States or that their arrival in the US could be prevented by carrying out Trump’s immigration proposals.

As stated in the report, over the 15 years, 549 people were accused of terrorism, of whom 402 people (73%) were born abroad. Of these, 254 were not US citizens, 148 were naturalized citizens of the country, and 147 were US citizens by birth.

During the period from October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2017, 355,000 non-citizens of the United States who were previously convicted for serious crimes were subject to administrative arrest. Between 2007 and 2017, the US Citizenship and Immigration Service identified nearly 46,000 foreigners convicted of crimes in the US and therefore not eligible for legalization in the country. 

In addition, in 2010-2016, the US Customs prevented the arrival of 73, 000 foreigners to America, whom the authorities considered undesirable because of terrorism considerations.

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