‘My biggest concern isn’t how many terrorists have been arrested entering the country illegally, but how many got through?’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) A report from the Immigration Reform Law Institute discovered that sanctuary cities, which routinely protect criminal illegal aliens, harbor more than 10,000 illegal aliens who hail from countries deemed “state sponsors of terrorism.”
“It’s bad enough that America is deluged with illegal aliens from failed states around the world,” said Dale L. Wilcox, executive director and general counsel of IRLI. “It’s simply unacceptable that we also have more than 10,000 aliens here from terrorist states that are sworn enemies of America.”
In compliance with IRLI’s Freedom of Information Act request, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement revealed alarming statistics.
More than 10,000 nationals from Iran, Syria, Sudan, and North Korea live freely in sanctuary cities, despite federal immigration authorities issuing final removal orders or pending final removal orders against them.
The majority, more than 6,000 illegal aliens, are Iranian nationals.
U.S. intelligence officials told Congress that Iranian “sleeper cells” live in the United States avoiding detection until they hear instructions to attack the country.
Thomas Homan, former acting director of ICE, noted the real threat of terrorists in the country.
“My biggest concern isn’t how many terrorists have been arrested entering the country illegally, but how many got through? How many did Border Patrol not catch? That’s what Americans should be thinking about,” he said.
ICE removed 44 known or suspected terrorists, on average, over the past two years, leaving thousands of dangerous illegal aliens unaccounted for.
“We saw on 9/11 the damage that only 19 sleeper cell terrorists could cause,” Wilcox said. “This is just the latest example of the disaster of sanctuary laws, which force ICE agents to operate with one hand tied behind their backs while making our communities inherently more dangerous.”
Despite their willingness to harbor dangerous potential terrorists, Democrats hailing from sanctuary cities, such as San Francisco-based House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, criticized a recent proposal from President Donald Trump that would have sent those arrested at the border to the immigrant-friendly locations while awaiting asylum or deportation hearings.