Trump’s travel ban seems in his best interest

Published: 2/10/2017 2:18:51 PM

I’d like to ask those who voted for Trump why he chose the seven Muslim-majority countries — Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan and Yemen — but not Egypt and Saudi Arabia for his executive order banning immigration for 90 days?

The conservative Cato Institute conducted a study, “Terrorism and Immigration: A Risk Analysis,” which reveals that foreign-born terrorists who entered our country, either as immigrants or tourists, were responsible for 88 percent (or 3,024) of the 3,432 murders caused by terrorists on U.S. soil from 1975 through the end of 2015.

Where did they come from?

Including those murdered in the World Trade Center attack, the chance of an American perishing in a terrorist attack on U.S. soil that was committed by a foreigner over the 41-year period is 1 in 3.6 million per year. The chance of an American being murdered in a terrorist attack caused by a refugee is 1 in 3.64 billion per year.

The study by Cato Institute’s Alex Nowrasteh has tallied the number of Americans killed on U.S. soil from 1975 to 2015 by citizens from Trump’s seven targeted countries. The answer is none, zero.

Following are the five countries where the killers did come from and the number of people they murdered: Saudi Arabia (2,369), United Arab Emirates (314), Egypt (162), Lebanon (159) and Kuwait (6).

Could the reason for Trump’s list of seven Muslim countries be that he has no business interests in those countries? Or that the Trump Hotel Collection, plans to build hotels in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Saudi Arabia?

The international airline Qatar Airways has a New York office in the Trump Tower in Manhattan. The airline’s logo is a variation of the state flag of Qatar and is based there, where Islamic law, or Sharia, serves as the governing legislation.

John Bos

Shelburne Falls




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