How many terror attacks have refugees carried out in the United States? None.

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Donald Trump first introduced the idea of a Muslim travel ban in December 2015, shortly after Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, shot and killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California.

But President Trump’s executive order on Friday temporarily banning all refugees and suspending travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries would not have applied to either Farook or Malik.

Nor would the travel ban have affected the perpetrators of any of the major Islamic terrorist attacks on American soil in recent years.

No person accepted to the United States as a refugee, Syrian or otherwise, has been implicated in a terrorist attack since the Refugee Act of 1980 set up systematic procedures for accepting refugees into the United States, according to an analysis of terrorism immigration risks by the Cato Institute.

Before 1980, three refugees had successfully carried out terrorist attacks; all three were Cuban refugees, and a total of three people were killed. According to the Cato Institute analysis, the chance of an American being killed in a terrorist attack caused by a refugee is 1 in 3.64 billion per year.

In fact, the primary perpetrators of the major terror attacks have mostly been US-born citizens or permanent legal residents originally from countries not included in the ban.

Here’s a look at the origin stories of the terrorists who committed major attacks in the name of radical Islam in recent years, including those in San Bernardino, Orlando, Boston and New York.

San Bernardino attacks

Although San Bernardino inspired Trump’s travel ban, neither of the shooters would have been affected by it.

Farook, 28, was an American citizen born in Chicago. Malik, 29, was born and raised in Pakistan, and later lived in Saudi Arabia. She arrived in the United States on a K-1 fiancée visa and later became a permanent resident.

Trump’s executive order bans travel from seven countries — Libya, Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, Syria, Iraq and Iran — but it does not ban travel from residents of Pakistan or Saudi Arabia. In addition, the K-1 fiancee program remains in place.

New York and New Jersey explosions

Ahmad Khan Rahimi faces an array of bombing, weapons and attempted murder charges in two on September 17, 2016, incidents. He is accused of detonating bombs in New Jersey and in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. The explosion in Chelsea injured 29 people.

Rahimi was born in Afghanistan and first came to the United States in 1995, following several years after his father arrived seeking asylum. Rahimi became a naturalized US citizen in 2011. He had recently spent time in Afghanistan and Pakistan, officials said.

Neither Afghanistan nor Pakistan is on Trump’s list of banned countries.

Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting

Omar Mateen, the man who shot and killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, was an American citizen living in Fort Pierce, Florida. He was born in New York, and his parents were from Afghanistan.

His widow, Noor Salman, was arrested earlier this month on charges of obstruction of justice and aiding and abetting her husband’s material support to ISIS. She grew up in Rodeo, California, and her parents immigrated to the United States from the West Bank in 1985, according to The New York Times.

Neither Afghanistan nor the West Bank is included on the list of banned countries.

Boston Marathon bombings

Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who carried out the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, were born in Kyrgyzstan to parents originally from war-torn Chechnya.

The Tsarnaev family arrived in the United States when Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was 8 years old, and they applied for and were granted political asylum. The process for applying for political asylum is different from the process of arriving as a refugee.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the younger brother, became a naturalized citizen in September 2012.

Chechnya and Kyrgyzstan are not included on the list of banned countries.

World Trade Center, September 11, 2001

Of the 19 people who hijacked four planes on September 11, 2001, 15 of them hailed from Saudi Arabia. Two were from the United Arab Emirates, one was from Egypt, and one was from Lebanon.

None of those countries is included on the list of banned countries.


  • goose

    2008.07.06 USA Jonesboro, GA 1 0 A devout Muslim strangles his 25-year-old daughter in an honor killing.
    2009.02.12 USA Buffalo, NY 1 0 The founder of a Muslim TV station beheads his wife in the hallway for seeking a divorce.
    2009.04.12 USA Phoenix, AZ 2 0 A man shoots his brother-in-law and another man to death after finding out that they visited a strip club, in contradiction to Islamic values.
    2009.06.01 USA Little Rock, AR 1 1 A Muslim shoots a local soldier to death inside a recruiting center explicitly in the name of Allah.
    2009.11.02 USA Glendale, AZ 1 1 A woman dies from injuries suffered when her father runs her down with a car for being too ‘Westernized.’ (10-20-09)

  • goose

    2004.04.15 USA Scottsville, NY 1 2 In an honor killing, a Muslim father kills his wife and attacks his two daughters with a knife and hammer because he feared that they had been sexually molested.
    2006.06.16 USA Baltimore, MD 1 0 A 62-year-old Jewish moviegoer is shot to death by a Muslim medical student in an unprovoked terror attack.
    2006.06.25 USA Denver, CO 1 5 Saying that it was ‘Allah’s choice’, a Muslim shoots four of his co-workers and a police officer.
    2006.07.28 USA Seattle, WA 1 5 An ‘angry’ Muslim-American uses a young girl as hostage to enter a local Jewish center, where he shoots six women, one of whom dies.
    2008.01.01 USA Irving, TX 2 0 A Muslim immigrant shoots his two daughters to death on concerns about their ‘Western’ lifestyle.

  • goose

    2002.10.03 USA Montgomery County, MD 5 0 Muslim snipers kill three men and two women in separate attacks over a 15-hour period.
    2002.10.09 USA Manassas, VA 1 1 A man is killed by Muslim snipers while pumping gas two days after a 13-year-old is wounded by the same team.
    2002.10.11 USA Fredericksburg, VA 1 0 Another man is killed by Muslim snipers while pumping gas.
    2002.10.14 USA Arlington, VA 1 0 A woman is killed by Muslim snipers in a Home Depot parking lot.
    2002.10.22 USA Aspen Hill, MD 1 0 A bus driver is killed by Muslim snipers.
    2003.08.06 USA Houston, TX 1 0 After undergoing a ‘religious revival’, a Saudi college student slashes the throat of a Jewish student with a 4″ butterfly knife, nearly decapitating the young man.

  • goose

    2002.03.19 USA Tuscon, AZ 1 0 A 60-year-old man is gunned down by Muslim snipers on a golf course.
    2002.05.27 USA Denton, TX 1 0 Muslim snipers kill a man as he works in his yard.
    2002.07.04 USA Los Angeles, CA 2 0 Muslim man pulls out a gun at the counter of an Israeli airline and kills two people.
    2002.09.21 USA Atlanta, GA 1 0 Muslim terrorists gun down an employee at a liquor store.
    2002.09.21 USA Montgomery, AL 1 1 Muslim snipers shoot two women, killing one.
    2002.09.23 USA Baton Rouge, LA 1 0 A Korean mother is shot in the back by Muslim snipers.
    2002.10.02 USA Wheaton, MD 1 0 Muslim snipers gun down a program analyst in a store parking lot.

  • goose

    1997.03.23 USA New York, NY 1 6 A Palestinian leaves an anti-Jewish suicide note behind and travels to the top of the Empire State building where he shoot seven people in a Fedayeen attack.
    1997.04.03 USA Lompoc, CA 1 0 A prison guard is stabbed to death by a radical Muslim.
    2000.03.17 USA Atlanta, GA 1 1 A local imam and Muslim spiritual leader guns down a deputy sheriff and injures his partner.
    2001.09.11 USA New York, NY 2752 251 Islamic hijackers steer two planes packed with fuel and passengers into the World Trade Center, killing hundreds on impact and eventually killing thousands when the towers collapsed. At least 200 are seriously injured.
    2001.09.11 USA Washington, DC 184 53 Nearly 200 people are killed when Islamic hijackers steer a plane full of people into the Pentagon.
    2001.09.11 USA Shanksville, PA 40 0 Forty passengers are killed after Islamic radicals hijack the plane in an attempt to steer it into the U.S. Capitol building.

  • goose

    1989.11.06 USA St. Louis, MO 1 0 A 17-year-old girl is stabbed to death by her parents for bringing ‘dishonor’ to their family by dating an ‘infidel’ African-American.
    1990.01.31 USA Tuscon, AZ 1 0 A Sunni cleric is assassinated in front of a Tuscon mosque after declaring that two verses of the Qur’an were invalid.
    1990.11.05 USA New York City, NY 1 0 An Israeli rabbi is shot to death by a Muslim attacker at a hotel.
    1993.01.25 USA Langley, VA 2 3 A Pakistani with Mujahideen ties guns down two CIA agents outside of the headquarters.
    1993.02.26 USA New York, NY 6 1040 Islamic terrorists detonate a massive truck bomb under the World Trade Center, killing six people and injuring over 1,000 in an effort to collapse the towers.
    1994.03.01 USA Brooklyn, NY 1 0 A Muslim gunman targets a van packed with Jewish boys, killing a 16-year-old.

  • goose

    1974.01.24 USA Oakland, CA 4 1 Five vicious shooting attacks by Nation of Islam terrorists leave three people dead and one paralyzed for life. Three of the victims were women.
    1974.04.01 USA Oakland, CA 1 1 A Nation of Islam terrorist shoots at two Salvation Army members, killing a man and injuring a woman.
    1974.04.16 USA Ingleside, CA 1 0 A man is killed while helping a friend move by Nation of Islam terrorists.
    1977.03.09 USA Washington, DC 1 1 Hanifi Muslims storm three buildings including a B’nai B’rith to hold 134 people hostage. At least two innocents were shot and one died.
    1980.07.22 USA Bethesda, MD 1 0 A political dissident is shot and killed in front of his home by an Iranian agent who was an American convert to Islam.
    1980.08.31 USA Savou, IL 2 0 An Iranian student guns down his next-door neighbors, a husband and wife.

  • goose

    1973.10.29 USA Berkeley, CA 1 0 A woman is shot repeatedly in the face by Nation of Islam terrorists.
    1973.11.25 USA Oakland, CA 1 0 A grocer is killed in his store by Nation of Islam terrorists.
    1973.12.11 USA Oakland, CA 1 0 A man is killed by Nation of Islam terrorists while using a phone booth.
    1973.12.13 USA Oakland, CA 1 0 A woman is shot to death on the sidewalk by Nation of Islam terrorists.
    1973.12.20 USA Oakland, CA 1 0 Nation of Islam terrorists gun down an 81-year-old janitor.
    1973.12.22 USA Oakland, CA 2 0 Nation of Islam terrorist kills two people in separate attacks on the same day.
    1973.12.24 USA Oakland, CA 1 0 A man is kidnapped, tortured and decapitated by Nation of Islam terrorists.

  • goose

    Date Country City Killed Injured Description
    1972.04.14 USA New York, NY 1 3 Ten members of a local mosque phone in a false alarm and then ambush responding officers, killing one.
    1973.01.19 USA Brooklyn, NY 1 1 Muslim extremists rob a sporting goods store for weapons, gunning down a police officer who responds to the alarm.
    1973.07.01 USA Bethesda, MD 1 0 An Israeli diplomat is gunned down in his driveway by Palestinian terrorists.
    1973.07.18 USA Washington, DC 8 2 Nation of Islam members shoot seven members of a family to death in cold blood, including four children. A defendant in the case is later murdered in prison on orders from Elijah Muhammad.
    1973.10.19 USA Oakland, CA 1 1 Nation of Islam terrorists kidnap a couple and nearly decapitate the man, while raping and leaving the woman for dead.
    I could keep going….

  • Mike

    20 trillion in debt. Americans can’t find decent jobs. Not exactly a country that can afford more poor people or afford even one terrorist attack. Let the muslim countries take them in.

  • Trumps sticking to his words

    This comment section is proof that democrats are nothing but puppets! We finally get a leader for 8 years who said he’s gonna do something and does and they bleed! What’s wrong with a 90-120 day ban to sort things out? Obama made the list of countries no one else! If they really want to come to America they still will in a 120 days

  • Boss Wheelie

    Well then, let’s get rid of DHS. Let’s get rid of the TSA. Let’s return airports to a state where elderly, children, and people in wheelchairs aren’t given a rectal exam for ‘seeming suspicious.’ Let’s get rid of NDAA and all other laws Bush/Obama/Congress have passed to lessen our freedoms in the name of terrorism. Let’s see an article on that.

      • Mike

        The TSA has not helped anything. They fail nearly every test. But we now we do have another big government union. Private security done properly would be far superior.

      • Ken

        Private Security allowed the terrorists on 9/11 to pass through the airport screening. Nearly 2000 people dead. Epic Fail. SMH

      • Ken

        The Transportation Security Administration, which currently screens travelers, was created two months after the attacks as part of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act. The law gave the federal government direct responsibility for all airport screenings, a job that airports had previously outsourced to private security companies.

  • WarningFakeNews

    This station has gotten to the point where they have about a much credibility as that crazy old man sitting in a lawn chair in his yard, flailing his arms and cursing as the cars drive by. It’s both comical and sad to watch.

  • Bill

    my, my, my have you ever witnessed the liberal media in such a tizzy to defend the radical muslim. WNEP you are a joke. what is this story number 8 today ?!

      • Todd Gunther

        WNEP made a decision to run them.

        On Sunday the entire top of the WNEP webpage was dedicated to anti-Trump propaganda over an issue that does not impact one hundred people in Northeastern PA.

        WNEP’s ownership clearly has decided to take a stance, despite the clear message sent by its viewers during the election.

        Popularity and ratings are not static – they can, and will, change.

  • DJB

    Not showing too much bias are we now WNEP? I’ve heard that cry a few times over the last week or so but today proves that point in spades. When I pull up your site and all of the top stories are this Immigration mess and the stories are invariably anti-Trump, I’d say WNEP has jumped head first into the tank. Do these orders come from the Chicago Tribune folks who control the station or is this local editorial decision making?

  • Cmon

    If you gonna put it out there please report the full story..
    The list of countries that Trump used were from the list that Obama had deemed as ” Countries of Interest ” when he was in Office .
    This list will probably change to include more countries.

    Also, didnt boston brothers travel back overseas for jihad training?
    didnt San Bernadino Farook travel back overseas for jihad training too ?

    Oh and the famous Omar Mateen in Florida Was being investigated by our Government but Hilary and her State Department ordered for it be stopped because she didn’t want to hurt his feelings . And Omar wife is being detained or charged as being an accomplice.

  • WarningFakeNews

    7 protest stories on the home page. 6 immigration, 1 pipeline. ZERO Right to Life march. Baby people have no voice here.

  • WarningFakeNews

    Look it up: In February 2015 eight US “refugees” were arrested and indicted for aiding terror groups including ISIS.

    In ONE MONTH alone.

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    What a crap news article. Trump didn’t introduce ANYTHING in 2015, OBOZO did!

    Trump is acting on what the liberals martyr started in motion 2 years ago.

  • WarningFakeNews

    However, what the fake news story doesn’t mention that multiple migrants from these countries HAVE BEEN apprehended, plotting to commit terrorist acts.

  • hocuspocus13

    Terror/Crimes carried out by refugees

    President Trump will be posting that information on a weekly basis

  • tom

    They didn’t carry out any terrorist attacks yet! But I’m sure as soon as one of them does it will be Trumps fault, not Obama’s fault for letting them in without vetting them correctly

  • magicmikexxsm

    To all those people portesting in the picture, I want you all to caugh up 10k each to help pay for those said refugees coming here, instead of me paying with my tax $$$$$$ do you think they live when they get here??? duh.

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