DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - A new report published by the Center for Immigration Studies reveals 72 individuals — who have immigrated from the seven countries placed on a temporary immigration ban by President Donald Trump — have been tried and convicted of terrorism since the Twin Tower attacks of 9/11.
Trump temporarily banned immigration from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Since 2001, the report reveals 17 of the 72 convicted terrorists entered as refugees from these terror-prone countries.
The nature of the crimes range from "use of a weapon of mass destruction" and "conspiracy to commit a terror act" to "possession of explosives or missiles" and "unlawful possession of a machine gun."
The report further states that at least 25 of the 72 immigrants "eventually became citizens. Ten were lawful permanent residents and four were illegal aliens."
"These facts stand in stark contrast to the assertions by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal judges," the report concludes, "who have blocked the president's order on the basis that there is no evidence showing a risk to the United States in allowing aliens from these seven terror-associated countries to come in."
In response to the federal appeals court refusing to implement the executive order, the president took to Twitter writing, "72 percent of refugees admitted into U.S. (2/3–2/11) during COURT BREAKDOWN are from 7 countries: SYRIA, IRAQ, SOMALIA, IRAN, SUDAN, LIBYA & YEMEN" and added "SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!"
SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017
A poll released last week by non-partisan Politico revealed this executive order temporarily banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries is so far the public's most favored. The poll comes during a time when the U.S. bishops have critiqued Trump, labeling the decree "non-Christian" and "a dark moment in U.S. history."
Trump gave preference to Christians in the Middle East in his executive order, saying during the signing, "We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people."
According to a poll released this moth, the majority of citizens in 10 leading European countries support a Trump-style ban. To the statement "All further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped," a stunning 71 percent in Poland said they agree.