These sources brought to light cases of 41 people on U.S. soil facing terror-related charges, following Thursday’s arrest of two Iraqi refugees accused of trying to provide material support to ISIS.
Naturally, this has led to more anti-Muslim rhetoric.
Time to suspend Muslim immigration: 41 more Muslims implicated in terror plots in U.S. since 2014. https://t.co/vpeJemEHcv— Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) January 9, 2016
Many of these 41 individuals have been identified as immigrants legally residing in the United States, while the immigration histories of others have been kept under tight wraps by the Obama administration.
Since August, the administration has been resisting Congressional efforts to gather detailed immigration histories of these individuals, raising concern that the administration may be burying this information to cover up a flawed U.S. refugee screening process.
According to Congressional sources, most of the 41 individuals came from Muslim-majority countries such as Egypt, Uzbekistan, Albania, Pakistan, and Syria.
Nonetheless, Obama has been very vocal about widening America’s borders for immigrants and refugees including those from Iraq and Syria, where an American-led coalition continues to fight ISIS strongholds.
Many of these 41 individuals were caught plotting attacks on the United States, while others were accused of providing material support to terrorist organizations.
On Thursday, the Justice Department accused two Iraqi refugees legally living in the U.S. of working to provide material support to ISIS.
Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan, 24, was charged with aiding ISIS. He is a Palestinian-born Iraqi refugee who passed the U.S. screening process before being granted permanent legal residence in Houston in 2011.
However, the Justice Department says it was later discovered that he “swore untruthfully on his formal application when applying to become a naturalized U.S. citizen.”
Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab, who entered the U.S. in 2012, “traveled overseas to fight alongside terrorist organizations and lied to U.S. authorities about his activities,” according to the Justice Department. His charges reveal that it’s believed he was “fighting with various terrorist organizations.”
He also is a Palestinian-born Iraqi.
Despite the fact that the number of immigrants linked to terror plots continues to rise, Congress in 2015 approved, as part of a yearly spending bill, a last-minute effort led by the Obama administration to fully fund refugee and resettlement programs.
According to the Senate’s immigration subcommittee, the U.S. can expect around 170,000 new immigrants from Muslim-majority countries in 2016.
“A growing number of foreign-born terrorists are being identified operating within the United States, and yet the administration will not provide any information about their immigrant histories,” one senior congressional source told the Free Beacon. “And one can only imagine that for every identified terrorist, there are many more individuals around them who are radicalized, extreme or otherwise detracting from American society in ways beyond the threat of terrorism alone.”