Hundreds of terror plots have been prevented from happening in the United States since 9/11, which mostly involve foreign suspects, including many refugees, according to newly obtained Congressional data.
“[T]hese data make clear that the United States not only lacks the ability to properly screen individuals prior to their arrival, but also that our nation has an unprecedented assimilation problem,” Senators Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, wrote in a letter on June 14 to President Obama, obtained by Fox News.
Sessions and Cruz compiled the terror case information through data from the U.S. Justice Department and other sources of information. Both senators asked the president to update information in the Department of Justice and Homeland Security on immigration histories tied to terrorism because there was critical details missing in the terror-case data.
This is sure to bring about a heated debate on whether more refugees should be allowed to enter the United States. The Obama administration has been pushing to admit as many refugees as possible and has even been upping the amount of refugees admitted daily. This has cause for concern because some may not be getting properly screened and are still admitted into the country just to reach Obama’s admittance goal.
The data shows that between September 11, 2001 and the end of 2014, 580 individuals were prosecuted for terrorist related cases. Of the 580, 380 were born in foreign countries, many of which were from Pakistan, Somalia, Palestinian territories and Lebanon. Since early 2001, 131 individuals were involved with terror crimes.
Of both of those groups, 40 or more people were refugees.
A drastic rise in the amount of 2015 terror related cases originates from individuals claiming allegiance to ISIS.