The seven countries in Trump’s immigration EO have yielded not only many arrests for terrorism (unbeknownst to the court, apparently), but one completed of act of terrorism that was extremely high profile. It’s puzzling that this one has been so ignored, because it’s so glaringly obvious.
A Somali-born student at Ohio State University injured 11 people, one of them critically, on Monday when he attacked a crowd of pedestrians on campus in an incident one lawmaker said “bears all the hallmarks of a terror attack.”
Authorities said Abdul Razak Ali Artan, 18, plowed a small gray Honda into the crowd outside Watts Hall, an engineering classroom building, just before 10 a.m. ET. Artan then got out of the vehicle and attacked people with a butcher knife before he was shot and killed by a campus police officer.
…Two law enforcement sources told Fox News that Artan came into the United States as a Somali refugee, and was granted status as a legal permanent resident.
Does it not count because Artan didn’t actually murder anyone (although not for lack of trying, with two weapons, car and butcher knife)?
Does it not count because he was never charged with a crime, having been killed at the scene?
Or does it not count because Artan apparently had been naturalized as a citizen in 2014? Perhaps once a person comes here as a refugee from one of the seven countries and later becomes a citizen, and then kills people in an act of terrorism, he no longer counts as someone from that country?
It’s an absurdity to have such distinctions/limitations, of course, but it helps with the denial.
Whether there have been a large number of attacks (or thwarted attacks) by people from the seven countries countries is a far more valid subject for debate, of course. But to say there have been none is a blatant falsehood. Another proper subject for debate is what the threshold for tolerance of such attacks should be, past or future (some say zero), before a ban is justified. But no one should be able to get away with saying say that there haven’t been any attacks or aborted terrorist attacks by perpetrators from the seven countries.
Trump hasn’t yet issued a revised immigration EO on the subject. Will he, or will the issue just fade away, to be supplanted by others, or dealt with in some different manner? I imagine that this is one of the things Jeff Sessions has been busy working on.