International terrorism is a serious global issue, one that most leaders and citizens agree needs to be taken seriously.
However, when the risk is boiled down to a matter of immigrants, refugees, and American citizens, the threat becomes infinitesimally small.
According to a review by the CATO Institute, the chances of an American dying in a terrorist attack committed by a foreigner in the US stands at about one in 3.6 million. The breakdown includes attacks over a 41-year period and includes the 9/11 attack, in which 3,000 people died.
Once you narrow it to refugees and and illegal immigrants, the threat is even smaller.
- 7,700,000 non-immigrants came in and out of the US in 2015 (Source: Department of Homeland Security)
- 85,000 refugees and asylum-seekers were admitted to the US in 2016 (Source: Pew Research Center)
- 730,000 people became naturalized citizens of the US in 2015(Source: Department of Homeland Security)
- 10% of all legal immigrants arriving to the US are Muslim, approximately (Source: Pew Research Center)
- See the other statistics on CNN.com