Judicial overreach based on ZERO evidence costs American citizens their security.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided on February 9 to uphold the restraining order against President Trump’s travel order. The court presumed that no terrorist threats existed from the 7 countries in question. That presumption was wrong.
According to the Washington Examiner,
“Since 9/11, 72 individuals from the seven mostly Muslim countries covered by President Trump’s ‘extreme vetting’ executive order have been convicted of terrorism, a finding that clashes sharply with claims from an appeals court that there is ‘no evidence’ those countries have produced a terrorist.”
Here’s the breakdown by country according to the Center for Immigration Studies:
- Somalia: 20
- Yemen: 19
- Iraq: 19
- Syria: 7
- Iran: 4
- Libya: 2
- Sudan: 1
According to a report published on Saturday, 33 of these 72 “immigrants” were convicted of “serious terror-related crimes.” 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.”
Each terrorist received sentences of three years’ imprisonment or more.
What Previous ‘Vetting’ Didn’t Catch?
The Leftist policies of President Trump’s predecessor allowed these terrorists into our country…legally.
Seventeen claimed to be “refugees” from those 7 nations. Then, three came in as “students.” Worse, as many as 25 eventually became American citizens. That’s right; Obama made citizens of terrorists.
Before being caught and jailed, these 72 convicted terrorists lived in 16 different states:
- New York (10)
- Minnesota (8)
- California (8)
- Michigan (6)
- Washington (2) – This is the state where a judge first quashed President Trump’s travel order.
Why did the 9th Circuit Court presume to declare that they know more about current intelligence on the terror threat to America than President Trump who receives daily intelligence briefings? Our intelligence community has confirmed that there is an ISIS presence in every country in President Trump’s travel order. Yet the 9th Circuit Court disregarded those facts.
The director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, Jessica M. Vaughan, wrote a blockbuster report on terrorism in 2016. The report quoted part of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee report on Immigration and the National Interest. Vaughn found that 380 out of 580 people convicted in terror cases since 9/11 were foreign-born.
For those doing the math, that’s 65 percent.
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.
The 9th Circuit needs to stop playing politics with America’s national security. By acting in ignorance of bona fide terror threats the court calls “evidence,” this court is endangering the lives of countless American citizens.