More than 10,000 illegal aliens from countries designated as state sponsors of terrorism are living in the United States, according to federal data.
The countries of origin include Iran, North Korea, Syria and Sudan, said the Immigration Reform Law Institute, or IRLI, which referenced the data in a study reported by Breitbart News.
The illegal aliens either have been ordered deported or have pending deportation orders, despite remaining in the U.S., Breitbart said.
A total of more than 1.7 million illegal aliens remain in the U.S. despite having been ordered deported or having pending deportation orders.
IRLI Executive Director Dale Wilcox spoke to Breitbart News Tonight radio program on Sirius of the “very dangerous situation.”
“We have 10,000 aliens … some of them are criminals and that’s why they’ve been ordered removed,” he said. “You could have some that might have come into the country legally at some point. However, they’ve committed crimes and they’ve been ordered removed.”
Of the 10,000 from terror-sponsoring countries, about 6,000 are from Iran, Wilcox pointed out.
He noted that California, a “sanctuary” state that shields illegal aliens from federal immigration authorities, has the largest population of Iranians outside of Iran.
“We’ve had hearings here recently in Congress where U.S. intelligence officials have stated there are Iranian sleeper cells inside the United States, ready and waiting for the order,” he said.
The first attack on the World Trade Center, the New York subway bombing conspiracy and the 9/11 were plots perpetrated by immigration violators, said Wilcox.
“We saw on 9/11 the damage that only 19 sleeper cell terrorists could cause,” Wilcox said. “This is just the latest example of the disaster of sanctuary laws, which force ICE agents to operate with one hand tied behind their backs while making our communities inherently more dangerous.”