4 MYTHS ABOUT TRUMP’S EXECUTIVE ACTION

Due to the president’s executive action barring the entrance of refugees, a great deal of misinformation and “alternative facts” seem to be floating around.

4 myths about Trump’s executive action & refugee resettlement:

1) We don’t know these people.   An article from the Economist regarding Syrian refugee resettlement explains:

They undergo investigations of their biography and identity; FBI biometric checks of their fingerprints and photographs; in-person interviews by Department of Homeland Security officers; medical screenings as well as investigations by the National Counter-terrorism Centre and by American and international intelligence agencies. The process may take as long as three years, sometimes longer. No other person entering America is subjected to such a level of scrutiny.

Refugee resettlement is the least likely route for potential terrorists, says Kathleen Newland at the Migration Policy Institute, a think-tank. Of the 745,000 refugees resettled since September 11th, only two Iraqis in Kentucky have been arrested on terrorist charges, for aiding al-Qaeda in Iraq.

2) This action makes you safer.  A recent risk assessment by the Cato Institute which is a libertarian think tank discovered the following:

From 1975 through 2015, the annual chance that an American would be murdered in a terrorist attack carried out by a foreign-born terrorist was 1 in 3,609,709. Foreigners on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) killed zero Americans in terrorist attacks, whereas those on other tourist visas killed 1 in 3.9million a year. The chance that an American would be killed in a terrorist attack committed by a refugee was 1 in 3.64 billion a year. Of the roughly 768,000 total murders committed in the United States from 1975 to the end of 2015, 3,024 (or 0.39 percent) were committed by foreign-born terrorists in an attack… The annual chance of being murdered was 252.9 times as great as dying in an attack committed by a foreign-born terrorist on U.S. soil.

For reference, you have a greater statistical chance of dying from taking a bath, riding a bike, or walking outside than a terrorist attack perpetuated by refugees.

3) We’re keeping terrorists out.  The following chart speaks for itself.

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4)Refugees are takers not contributors.  Although it’s not explicitly stated by our president, its definitely another misplaced fear not rooted in fact.   Within 120 days after arrival 89% of refugees attain Economic Self Sufficiency and 92 % within 240 days.

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