The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has removed 1,716 aliens over “national security concerns” since September 11, 2001, according to Breitbart.
“There were 549 individuals convicted of international terrorism-related offenses in U.S. federal court," an anonymous Trump administration official recently revealed to reporters. "Of that 549, roughly three out of four — 73 percent — were foreign-born."
A press release from the DHS and DOJ further explained, "Breaking down the 549 individuals by citizenship status at the time of their respective convictions reveals that: 254 were not U.S. citizens; 148 were foreign-born, naturalized and received U.S. citizenship; and,147 were U.S. citizens by birth."
Asked about the statistics covering terror attacks outside the United States, the official explained:
The proportion of these cases that may have involved plotting an attack in the United States versus plotting an attack outside the United States….those issues fundamentally are besides the point.
Our focus here and the important thing here is that we do not admit individuals who become terrorists and plot attacks wherever they may plot them from. We don’t want to be a terrorist safe haven and so whether someone is planning an attack in Syria and/or living in Minnesota. It is not something that is in the best interest of this nation.
The press release noted that in 2017 alone, “DHS encountered 2,554 individuals on the terrorist watchlist (also known as the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database) traveling to the United States”:
Of those individuals, 335 were attempting to enter by land, 2,170 were attempting to enter by air, and 49 were attempting to enter by sea. Where consistent with the law, such individuals are denied entry into the United States, while in some cases law enforcement authorities are notified and can take appropriate action.
The official stated that the Trump administration will update the report every 180 days.