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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

Kris Kobach, anti-immigration adviser to President Trump, told Fox News Wednesday that Trump’s forthcoming second executive order to ban refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries “is even better and more unassailable than the first.”

“These programs have been abused by terrorists who know that, hey, if you can come in as a refugee to the United States, you get a green card, and can go back and forth to Afghanistan or wherever for terrorist training,” said Kobach, who is the Secretary of State of Kansas. He claimed to have a list of “18 terrorists who have used our refugee program in the past couple decades,” but he didn’t share it.

The best recent study on the topic is a 2016 report by the libertarian Cato Institute, which found there were 154 foreign-born terrorists who engaged in fatal attacks in the United States from 1975 to 2015. Twenty of these terrorists were refugees. Collectively those 20 people were responsible for killing a total of three people.

Thus the annual likelihood that an American will be killed in a terrorist attack committed by a refugee is, according to Cato’s Alex Nowrasteh, approximately “1 in 3.64 billion.”

By comparison, the annual likelihood that an American will die in an automobile crash is about 1 in 48,000. As Politico’s Ted Hesson says, “Maybe we need to start deporting Subarus.”

Jefferson Morley is AlterNet’s Washington correspondent.

IMAGE: Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach talks in his Topeka, Kansas, U.S., office May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Dave Kaup/File Photo

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14 Responses to This Study Proves Trump’s Travel Ban Is A Ridiculous Method To Prevent Terrorism

  1. Trump’s dysfunctional mind isn’t motivated to prevent terrorism from abroad, nor has he ever been concerned about other people’s safety or well-being. His rhetoric is primarily driven by greed and public exposure, and guided by an uncanny ability to judge which way the wind is blowing as far as the sentiments of fearful people.
    Otherwise, he and Bannon would have crafted a blanket statement outlawing the entry of a country which has provided the impetus of a radical form of religious fanaticism—that country is Saudi Arabia. But since Trump is solely motivated by avarice and greed, it wouldn’t be in his best interests to anger a nation seen as an endless source of financial opportunity.
    As soon as Congress can see these obvious sign posts and figure out the clues hidden in broad daylight, then they will be able to summon up some courage and rebuff Trump, and be able to help redirect the miserable Trumpists — who can’t see beyond their noses—towards a more favorable and “progressive” outlook on American affairs.

      • It isn’t their navels they’re looking at, or that we should be concerned about. It’s their wallets that control what they do, and the voters aren’t fattening their wallets like the big corporations are.

  2. The ban doesn’t make any sense at all if one tries to think deeply about it. Take for example: there are those dangerous people who live and bear passports from the countries that aren’t on the list of banned ones. These people go and train in ISIS camps. They can decide anytime to travel to US and no one will stop them at any airport in US. It is not the nationality of a person that do harm others, it is individuals who decide to engage themselves in terrorism regadless of their nationality.

  3. This stupid travel ban is already having ripple effects particularly in the housing market. The Seattle Times reported that people who are from other countries living here are backing out of purchasing homes. Foreign investment from abroad is already slowing down. Great way to kill the golden goose Dummy Donnie Dump

    • In the LA Times this past week-end, it was talking about how many of the big mansions in Beverly Hills are sitting empty because foreigners (the ones who seem to have the money to afford these big mansions) are no longer interested in buying here in the U.S. because our economy is sure to sink within the next year or so due to 45’s actions!
      45 also doesn’t seem to understand how his immigration policies are going to affect our economy…..already the farmers in the Central Valley in California are panicking because they are not able to find workers to pick their crops. If they can’t get their crops picked, the fruit and vegetables rot on the vine…..then, the price of these fruits and vegetables go sky high because the whole crop was not able to be picked!
      Where are the politicians with brains? Did they all disappear suddenly or have they just be brainwashed by 45 and his cronies (especially Bannon, whose main goal is merely to do everything he can to do away with our current government)!

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