Most Terrorists In The U.S. Since 9/11 Have Been American Citizens Or Legal Residents

Last week, Donald Trump signed an executive order banning travel into the United States for citizens from seven countries for 90 days: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The president said it would protect American people from the threat of terrorism, but is that really likely? Data from the New America Foundation, a think tank, suggests otherwise. Even though 9/11 was perpetrated by foreign infiltrators, the vast majority of jihadist terrorists since then have been American citizens or legal residents.
In fact, every single jihadist who conducted a lethal attack inside the U.S. in the post 9/11 era was either a citizen or legal resident. No fatal attacks were committed by terrorists from the countries restricted by Trump’s travel ban. The following infographic provides an overview of the citizenship status of all people involved in U.S. jihadist terrorism cases since 9/11. 190 of them, or 82 percent, are citizens and permanent residents. Refugees and illegal immigrants in particular have been involved in very few terrorist incidents.

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