In the last 18 months, federal authorities have charged at least 66 men and women with attempting to commit ISIS-related terrorism in the United States — including some refugees.
However, as politicians rush to curb refugee intake, research reveals 55 of 68 people indicted over alleged ISIS ties were born in U.S. and while three of the bunch were in fact refugees, none came from Syria, the Guardian reports.
Instead 55, or 80.9%, of the individuals concerned are U.S. citizens, including 44 who were born in America. The rest include six born in Bosnia, four in Uzbekistan, three in Somalia and two in Sudan. 58 are men and 10 are women. The average age is 26 and around a third are under 21.
They include U.S. veterans, husband-and-wife teams, a nurse, schoolgirls and the owner of a pizza parlor.
Beginning in May 2014, law enforcement has begin rounding up terror suspects in the United States, the Daily Mail reports, who have intent to bring down the U.S. from within.
The 68 people who have been indicted because of alleged involvement in ISIS — 18 of whom have been convicted — have an average sentence of 10 years three months, according to figures published this week by Center on National Security at Fordham University.
The typical alleged Islamic State adherent is intent on fighting abroad rather than plotting attacks at home, research shows.
The center classifies more than half arrested of those and charged as “foreign fighters/ aspirants”, around a quarter are “domestic plotters” and about one-fifth are “facilitators”. But other demographic patterns are hard to discern, with occupations ranging from soldier to student.