Of the 131 individuals implicated in terrorism cases since March 2014, 65 of them would not have been in the United States if more stringent immigration laws were in place and enforced, a Daily Caller analysis reveals.
Republican Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions and Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz have asked the Department of Justice for information about the immigration statuses of individuals implicated in terrorism cases since early 2014. The DOJ has not responded with this information. The Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest ended up compiling a list of 131 individuals implicated in terrorism cases since March 2014 and their publicly available pertinent immigration information instead.
Of these 131 individuals, at least one is an illegal alien, four are refugees, 17 have permanent resident status (green card), 27 are naturalized citizens born abroad, and 16 were born in the U.S to non-U.S citizens. This represents 49.6 percent of the 131 individuals. As the DOJ has not responded to Sessions and Cruz with the immigration statuses, this information is based off publicly available sources and is not complete. Many of the individuals on the list have unknown immigration statuses.
The 49 individuals who are either illegal aliens, refugees, or immigrants to the United States would not have been allowed into the country under a system of reduced green cards, refugee entries, and enforcement of immigration laws on the books. The 16 natural born individuals of non-U.S citizens would not have citizenship under Donald Trump’s immigration plan, as he proposes eliminating birthright citizenship.
Of the 65 individuals, 45 have their nation of origin listed. These are: Lebanon, Dominican Republic, Bangladesh, Somalia (6),Yemen, Morocco, India, Bosnia (7), Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan (6), Saudi Arabia, Kenya (2), Syria (2), Sudan (3), Pakistan (3), Ghana, Kuwait, Cuba, Albania (2), Iraq (2), and Guinea.
Joshua Delk and Ford Springer contributed to this report