Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

‘73% ter­ror­ists in US were for­eign born’

- Yash­want Raj yash­want.raj

WASH­ING­TON: Three-fourths of con­victed ter­ror­ists in the US since Septem­ber 11, 2001 were for­eign-born, the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion has said in a new re­port re­leased on Tues­day.

The re­port, which was re­leased by the depart­ment of jus­tice and the depart­ment of home­land se­cu­rity, was clearly in­tended to add to its grow­ing body of ar­gu­ments in favour of end­ing chain mi­gra­tion and the di­ver­sity visa pro­gramme. It stated that in the pe­riod end­ing De­cem­ber 2016, 549 in­di­vid­u­als were con­victed in cases re­lated to in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ism. Of that num­ber, 402 of them —73% — were for­eign-born, in­clud­ing 254 who were not even US cit­i­zens.

But nei­ther the re­port nor an of­fi­cial who briefed re­porters on back­ground were able to an­swer how many for­eign-born con­victed ter­ror­ists came to the US through the chain-mi­gra­tion or the di­ver­sity visa pro­grammes.

The re­port, which will be re­newed ev­ery 180 days, did not spell out im­mi­gra­tion de­tails of ev­ery one of the 549 con­victed in­di­vid­u­als, but the of­fi­cial said most of them came from Ye­men, Su­dan, So­ma­lia, Iraq and Syria.

He de­nied the re­port was mak­ing a reli­gion-spe­cific point.

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