Spate of Terrorist Attacks around the World
In May and June 2017, the world mourned victims of several terrorist attacks:
- ISIS violence in Marawi, Philippines, ongoing through May and June 2017
- Bombing in Manchester, U.K. on May 22, 2017
- Attacks in London on June 3, 2017
- Attack at Notre-Dame, Paris on June 6, 2017
- Attack at Champs-Elysees, Paris on June 19, 2017
- Attack in Finsbury Park, U.K. on June 19, 2017
- Attack at the Flint airport on June 21, 2017
- Attacks in Barcelona and Cambils, Spain on August 17, 2017
- Attempted subway bombing in London, U.K. on September 15, 2017
President Trump made these comments in response to some of the earlier attacks:
Trump’s travel ban would not have kept the U.S. safe from these terrorists
Despite what Trump tweets about the need to enact his travel ban, Trump’s EO 13780 would not have kept our country safe from the terrorists who committed these most recent attacks because the great majority of them were citizens of countries that are not included in the travel ban:
- Algeria (Notre-Dame, Paris attack)
- Canada (Flint, Michigan attack)
- Chechnya (Marawi, Philippines attacks)
- France (Champs-Elysees, Paris attack)
- Indonesia (Marawi, Philippines attacks)
- Iraq (London bombing, September 15. Iraq was included in the first version of Trump’s travel ban, but was not included in the travel ban that took effect in late June 2017)
- Ireland (London attacks, June 3)
- Italy (London attacks, June 3)
- Malaysia (Marawi, Philippines attacks)
- Morocco (Barcelona and Cambrils attacks)
- Philippines (Marawi, Philippines attacks)
- Saudia Arabia (Marawi, Philippines attacks)
- Spain (Barcelona and Cambrils attacks)
- Yemen (1 foreign fighter killed in Marawi, Philippines attacks. Yemen is included in travel ban)
- United Kingdom (Manchester, London and Finsbury Park attacks)
President Trump promotes his travel ban as a way to protect our country from these recent attacks when the majority of those terrorists could have boarded a flight to the U.S. without any trouble even if the travel ban was in effect. My analysis shows that the only thing that Trump’s travel ban does effectively is to reduce legal immigration by low-income people from the Middle East and Africa.
- Marawi, Philippines: The ISIS violence in Marawi that begin in May 2017 included foreign fighters. “Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana earlier said eight of the 120 bandits killed in Marawi so far were foreigners — “two Saudis, several Malaysians and Indonesians, one Yemeni, (and) one from Chechnya.”
- Bombing in Manchester, U.K. on May 22, 2017: The attacker was identified as Salman Abedi. Since he was born in Manchester, he would have a British passport.
- Attacks in London on June 3, 2017: Khuram Butt was a British national. Rachid Redouane claimed to be both Moroccan and Libyan but had an Irish identity card from his marriage to a British woman. Youssef Zaghba was an Italian national.
- Attack at Notre-Dame, Paris on June 6: The attacker is believed to be an Algerian student.
- Attack on a police vehicle on the Champs-Elysees, Paris on Jun 19: The suspect is Parisian.
- Attack in Finsbury Park, U.K. on June 19: Darren Osborne is a British citizen from Somerset, U.K.
- Attack in Flint, Michigan on June 21: Amor Ftouhi is a Canadian citizen.
- Barcelona and Cambrils attacks on August 17: The suspects were Spanish and Moroccan citizens.
- Bombing in London on September 15: Ahmed Hassan was originally from Iraq.
- Additional attacks occurred in Paris earlier in 2017. I did not include these attacks in my analysis because I wanted to focus on the terrorist attacks that occurred around the time that Trump tweeted in early June about the need to have the travel ban.