9/11 hijackers overstayed visas, stayed in US through loophole now used by 685,000 illegal aliens

Seven of the 19 Islamic terrorists who hijacked commercial airliners on September 11, 2001 (9/11), killing nearly 3,000 Americans, remained in the United States after overstaying their visas through a wide-open loophole that continues allow approximately 685,000 illegal aliens to remain in the United States

In total, the 19 terrorists arrived in the United States legally while 16 obtained tourist visas and three obtained business and student visas. Eventually, on September 11, terrorists executed attacks in New York, New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania that killed 2,977 Americans and have since killed thousands more Americans with illnesses related to the attacks.

Seven of the 19 terrorists overstayed their visas either before the attacks or at the time of the attacks. Despite US immigration law requiring their detention and possible deportation, none have been detained or deported.

The seven terrorists who overstayed their visas include:

  • Hani Hasan Hanjour from Saudi Arabia
  • Nawaf al-Hamzi of Saudi Arabia
  • Mohamed Atta of Egypt
  • Satam al-Suqami of Saudi Arabia
  • Walid al-Shehri of Saudi Arabia
  • Marwan al-Shehhi of the United Arab Emirates
  • Ahmed al-Ghamdi of Saudi Arabia

9/11 hijackers (Photo via DOJ)

Nawaf al-Hamzi, in particular, was able to obtain driver’s licenses in California, Florida and Virginia. Nawaf al-Hamzi, along with his terrorist brother, Salem al-Hamzi – who obtained a driver’s license from Virginia – arrived in the United States on tourist visas in 1999 from Saudi Arabia.

Nawaf al-Hamzi returned to the United States in 2001 and lived in New York for just a few months before hijacking American Airlines Flight 77 and flying the plane to the Pentagon. A month before the September 11 attacks, Nawaf al-Hamzi was placed on a terrorist watch list. He should have been deported nine months before the attack because he had overstayed his visa.

Mohamed Atta – who hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 and flew the plane into the North Tower of the World Trade Center – had overstayed his visa in December 2000, but was not deported to the era. Atta was able to get a Florida driver’s license despite being arrested months before for driving without a license.

Atta’s name appeared on a terrorist watch list in January 2001 and he was detained in the United Arab Emirates before returning to the United States to carry out the September 11 attacks.

Hani Hasan Hanjour, the terrorist pilot of American Airlines Flight 77 who was sent to the Pentagon, was considered an illegal alien at the time of the September 11 attacks because he did not enroll in school despite obtaining a student visa in September 2000. .

Satam al-Suqami and Waleed al-Shehri, likewise, had overstayed their visas in the United States before assisting in the Flight 11 hijacking and the Twin Towers terror attack.

Marwan al-Shehhi – the terrorist responsible for United Airlines Flight 175 in the South Tower of the World Trade Center – has made at least three trips out of the United States and into the country despite overstaying his visa in November 2000. Al-Shehhi was also able to obtain a Florida driver’s license.

Ahmed al-Ghamdi, one of the Flight 175 hijackers, was in the United States illegally because he overstayed his visa but was never deported, allowing him to hijack the flight and help fly the plane into Manhattan’s South Tower.

Today, that visa override loophole used by seven of the 9/11 terrorists remains wide open and even wider than it was decades ago. In the latest Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report on the loophole, officials revealed that nearly 685,000 illegal aliens are in the United States after overstaying their visas.

DHS continues to have little to no resources to deport visa overstayers despite the 9/11 Commission calling for a rigorous biometric entry/exit system to track all visa holders in the United States and know if they whether or not they left the country at the required time. Date of departure.

The 9/11 Commission report urged:

9/11 hijackers overstayed visas, stayed in US through loophole now used by 685,000 illegal aliens 9/11 hijackers overstayed visas, stayed in US through loophole now used by 685,000 illegal aliens

William Gheen’s Americans for Legal Immigration (ALIPAC) was formed 18 years ago, just a few years after the 9/11 attacks, to combat illegal loopholes such as visa overstays.

In a statement, Dan Stein of the American Federation for Immigration Reform (FAIR) said, “It is important to note that the Biden administration has forgotten almost all of the lessons learned on that tragic day.”

“By relaxing immigration inspections, border controls, document security, domestic law enforcement and screening standards, America is no longer safe,” Stein said. “The threat of state-sponsored radical Islamic terrorism is still a very clear and present danger, as we have been reminded in recent months.”

About half of the country’s 11-22 million illegal aliens arrive on visas but end up staying longer. Most are never expelled.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter here.


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