There is no doubt that the Trump travel ban is a hot topic for debate. While we do need to protect ourselves as a nation from threats both foreign and abroad, many Democrats feel that the travel ban doesn’t do that, but instead penalizes refugees simply for their religious beliefs.
Past statistics are a great tool to utilize in predicting what benefit, if any, a new law may have on America’s safety. For example, zero refugees from the nations included in Trump’s travel ban have killed anyone via terrorist attacks on American soil. Additionally, in the last 43 years, since 1974, there have been a total of 4 deaths taking place on American soil, via refugee immigrant terrorist attacks. And while we don’t have incredibly accurate statistics for pre-1974 terror attacks, it’s fair to say that in the last century, no more than 10 deaths have occurred due to such attacks by refugee immigrants, much less refugee immigrants coming from the nations on Trump’s travel ban list.
Terrorism is never the right method to go about making a political statement, but America is not always innocent in this debate. What usually sparks terrorist organizations to form and then carry out attacks, are civilian deaths caused by US military action in the Middle East.
I am by no means taking the side of terrorists, but just this week alone, in a single second, a U.S. led attack on an ISIS prison in Syria killed 40 civilians. In a single second, more civilians have been killed at the hands of the U.S. military than refugee immigrant terrorists have caused on American soil since 1917. Just think about that for a minute.
The airstrike, which took place in the eastern Syrian town of al-Mayadeen on Monday, targeted an ISIS-control building. That building happened to be where ISIS was keeping dozens of innocent civilians as prisoners. While U.S. officials are not refuting or verifying such claims, peacekeeping forces on the ground have provided these estimates. This is by far not the only report of dozens of civilian deaths caused by US-led coalition actions taken in Syria. In fact, there are reports of hundreds, if not thousands of such deaths over the last year alone.