A comprehensive survey of Americans who've been charged with attempting to help ISIS found that none of the 68 are Syrian or Syrian-American and that only three were refugees of any kind.
Since the Paris attacks, many people have been fearful that terrorists could make their way into the United States disguised as Syrian refugees. While many media outlets have stoked the flames of fear you might be surprised to hear what they are not mentioning: four out of five U.S. residents charged with supporting ISIS are American citizens and almost two-thirds are U.S.-born.
A survey complied by the Fordham University Law School’s Center on National Security looked at Americans who've been charged with attempting to help ISIS. They found that none of the 68 are Syrian or Syrian-American and that only three were refugees of any kind.
NBC News highlights some more other key points from the survey:
-55 of the 68 arrested are U.S. citizens. Of the 55 citizens, 12 were naturalized, the rest American-born.
-Of the 25 not born in the U.S., seven were born in Europe -- all from the states of the former Yugoslavia; another six in Africa --Somalia, Ghana and and Sudan; six were born in the Middle East, one each from Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Egypt and Palestine; five were from Central Asia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan; and one was from Cuba.
-At least one-third of those arrested are converts to Islam.
-Eight have previous criminal records and many had been prescribed psychotropic drugs.
-Eight have family ties to others charged, which supports Greenberg's long-held belief that family radicalization is as least as important as radicalization through exposure to online jihadi propaganda.
-Most were men, but 10 of the 68 were women. The average age is 26.4 years, with the youngest in their teens and the oldest 44.
-The 68 come from 20 states, with New York and Minnesota accounting for 21 cases -- 12 in New York, nine in Minnesota.
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