President Trump has been blasted in the media for having the temerity to protect Americans with a temporary travel ban on immigrants from seven of the worst terrorist hotbeds in the world.
And San Francisco's Ninth Circuit court of appeals ruled against Trump's travel ban, saying, "The government has pointed to no evidence... that any alien from any of the countries named in the order has perpetrated a terrorist attack in the United States."
But it turns out that 72 people from those seven countries have been convicted on terrorism charges since Sept. 11, 2001, according to a study by the Center for Immigration Studies.
"Thirty-three of the 72 individuals from the seven terror-associated countries were convicted of very serious terror-related crimes, and were sentenced to at least three years imprisonment," wrote director of policy studies, Jessica M. Vaughan. "The crimes included use of a weapon of mass destruction, conspiracy to commit a terror act, material support of a terrorist or terror group, international money laundering conspiracy, possession of explosives or missiles, and unlawful possession of a machine gun."
Another 17 claimed to be refugees from the counmtries in question -- Somalia, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan and Syria -- three came diguied as "students," and a whopping 25 went on to U.S. citizens.
The number of convicted terrorists from each country is: Somalia, 20; Yemen, 19; Iraq, 19; Syria, 7; Iran, 4; Libya, 2; Sudan, 1.
The data from which the center based its report was originally released in 2016 by the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, then chaired by new Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Vaughan wrote in her report that the terrorists had spread out across the U.S. "These immigrant terrorists lived in at least 16 different states, with the largest number from the terror-associated countries living in New York (10), Minnesota (8), California (8), and Michigan (6). Ironically, Minnesota was one of the states suing to block Trump's order to pause entries from the terror-associated countries, claiming it harmed the state. At least two of the terrorists were living in Washington, which joined with Minnesota in the lawsuit to block the order."
Vaughn also wrote: "President Trump's vetting order is clearly legal under the provisions of section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which says that the president can suspend the entry of any alien or group of aliens if he finds it to be detrimental to the national interest. He should not have to provide any more justification than was already presented in the order, but if judges demand more reasons, here are 72."
Trump on Friday defended his travel ban, saying on Air Force One that he is confident his administration will prevail.
"We will win that battle. The unfortunate part is that it takes time statutorily, but we will win that battle. We also have a lot of other options, including just filing a brand new order," Trump said.