Despite all the bluster of the Trump campaign about immigrants coming to the United States becoming terrorists and murdering law-abiding American citizens, according to a new report from the Cato Institute the probability of that event is extremely low. As in one in 3.6 million. That is the average likelihood of an American being killed in a terrorist attack in which an immigrant participated, including deaths on 9/11. And 9/11-related deaths account for 98.6 percent of the total deaths from immigrant-executed terrorist attacks.
Accounting for 9/11, your clothes are more likely to kill you by almost 20 percent.
Even so, many have expressed concern regarding the potential influx of refugees to the United States from Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East, and the possibility of terrorists sneaking in amongst them. Terrorists who will kill American citizens. However, as stated in the report deaths by refugee terrorists are incredibly rare. Preposterously rare. One in 3.6 billion rare.
“Of the 3,252,493 refugees admitted from 1975 to the end of 2015, 20 were terrorists, which amounted to 0.00062 percent of the total. Of the 20, only three were successful in their attacks, killing a total of three people.”
What about terrorists sneaking in through Mexico along with the other dangerous, unauthorized immigrants?
“Only 10 [unauthorized] immigrants became terrorists, a minuscule 0.000038 percent of the 26.5 million who entered from 1975 through 2015,” the report states. “Only one of those [unauthorized] immigrants, Ahmed Ajaj, actually succeeded in killing an American.”
In other words, beware the necktie.