Judge James Robart, a Seattle-based federal jurist, issued an injunction Friday based in part on a lack of reasonable danger to Americans from individuals who hailed from the seven countries on the temporary ban list.
However, a clip that surfaced of the Friday hearing indicated that Robart was grossly in error about his understanding of the number of terrorism-related arrests involving individuals from those countries.
A part of the clip showed Judge Robart asking a government attorney, “How many (terrorism-related) arrests have there been of foreign nationals for those seven countries since 9/11?”
When the attorney said she didn’t have that information, Robart responded: “Let me tell you. The answer to that is none, as best I can tell. So, I mean, you’re here arguing on behalf of someone that says: We have to protect the United States from these individuals coming from these countries, and there’s no support for that.”
Unfortunately, his statement was far from factual. The Associated Press pointed out several high-profile terrorism arrests have taken place involving refugees from those nations.
In November, a Somali refugee was involved in an attack at Ohio State University where he ran his car into a group of people and then tried to attack with a knife. Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan, an Iraqi refugee living in Texas, pled guilty in October to a plot to blow up Houston-area malls on behalf of the Islamic State group, according to CBS News.
While the Bowling Green massacre comment Kellyanne Conway was torn apart by mainstream media, there was the fact that she did refer to a real case – two Iraqi refugees arrested in the Kentucky city back in 2011 for Al Qaeda ties. Those arrests were, in part, due to the temporary pause in the Iraqi refugee program by the Obama administration.
Charles Kurzman, a sociology professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill told The Associated Press that 23 percent of Muslim-Americans charged with extremism-related terrorist offenses since the 9/11 attacks have come from the seven nations on Trump’s temporary ban list.
These facts should be plenty reason to overturn this injunction.