Importing Our Terrorism

POLIZETTE — Nearly 400 people convicted on terrorism-related charges since the Sept. 11 attacks — including two dozen who came as refugees — were born in foreign countries, according to a report released Wednesday by a Senate subcommittee.

The report comes after federal agencies ignored three requests by the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest to detail the immigration histories people convicted between Sept. 11, 2001, and Dec. 31, 2014. The Justice Department provided the list of 580 people convicted on terror-related charges but deferred questions about where the convicts came from to the Department of Homeland Security. Of those, the subcommittee determined 65 percent were born abroad.

Using publicly available records, the subcommittee identified 380 people who were born abroad. Another 71 people were born in the United States, while the committee could not determine the status of another 129 people. Of the U.S. citizens on the list, at least 100 were naturalized after initially coming through one of America’s immigration programs.

“Because the Subcommittee does not have access to the Administration’s databases and files, it continues to lack critical information on most of the individuals on the list,” Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “Additionally, the list provided by the Department of Justice does not include cases that are sealed, have otherwise not been made public, or that have been handled strictly through civil immigration proceedings [as terror cases often are].”


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