President Trump‘s ban on immigrants from seven Muslim majority countries claims to target potential jihadists from entering the U.S., but as NPR points out, none of the countries on the list are responsible for any deadly terrorists attacks since 9/11.
Trump’s executive action on refugees and immigrants applies to Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq and Sudan — all countries which have produced exactly zero extremists who have carried out fatal attacks in the past two decades, according to NPR.
In contrast, here are the countries of origin of radicalized Muslims who carried out deadly attacks in the U.S., beginning on Sept. 11, 2001: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Russia and Pakistan.
The two lists are completely distinct, raising all sorts of questions about the reasoning behind the White House plan.
The 19 terrorists who the hijacked the planes used on 9/11 were from countries not on Trump’s list – Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates.
Even without Trump’s executive action, immigrating to the U.S. is already fraught with hurdles.
“The U.S. immigration vetting system is extremely thorough. That is perhaps why we’ve seen so little violence by immigrants and refugees in the United States,” says Charles Kurzman, a sociology professor at the University of North Carolina and an on Islamic extremism. “As someone who brings over international students, international scholars for conferences and training programs, I know how hard it is to get even extremely upright folks through that system.”
Since September 11, terror attacks on U.S. soil linked to radical Islamists included:
2002: Hesham Hadayet, an Egyptian national who shot dead two Israelis at Los Angeles Airport before being killed.
2009: Carlos Bledsoe, a.k.a. Abdulhakim Muhammad, who grew up in a Christian family in Memphis, but later converted to Islam, shot and killed an Army private at a recruiting center in Little Rock.
2009: Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, shot dead 13 in Ft. Hood, Texas. Hasan was born in Virginia to Palestinian parents.
2013: Brothers Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev carried out the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three and wounded 264 others. They were both born in Kyrgyzstan.
2015: Mohammad Abdulazeez shot and killed five U.S. military personnel at two recruiting centers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and was a naturalized American born in Kuwait to Jordanian and Palestinian parents.
2015: Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik shot and killed 14 people at an office in San Bernardino, California, before they were killed by law enforcement. Farook was born in Chicago and had Pakistani parents. Malik was born in Pakistan but grew up in Saudi Arabia.
2016: Omar Mateen, shot dead 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. His parents were Afghans but he was born in the U.S.