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.

CNN Politics - The chances of a refugee killing you - and other surprising immigration stats

  • 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)
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My name is Paul Martin. I am a writer, who happens to be a Christian. I like writing about the intersection of family, religion, and politics. Recently, I launched a peacebuilding organization called The Christian Muslims Alliance.

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