The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security released a report this week showing that 3 out of 4 individuals convicted of international terrorism-related charges between September 11, 2001, and December 31, 2016, are foreign-born individuals who entered the United States through our immigration system.
Recent reports from DOJ and DHS also draw attention to an issue often lost in the immigration debate: gender-based violence.
- A 2011 Government Accountability Office report found that criminal aliens were convicted of 69,929 sex offenses between fiscal years 2003 and 2009.
- A 2014 study estimated that approximately 1,500 forced marriages occur in the U.S. every year.
- That same 2014 study showed there to be an average of 23 to 27 honor killings in America each year—with 90 percent of victims murdered for being “too westernized.”
Numbers like these show that regardless of political affiliation, all Americans should want an immigration system that supports and defends our values.