Let’s get one thing straight: there was never a “Bowling Green Massacre.”
In 2011, two men from Iraq were arrested on terrorism-related charges in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Later, they were convicted of trying to transport weapons and money from the United States to Al Qaeda in Iraq. They were also convicted of helping Al Qaeda carry out attacks on American soldiers in Iraq.
The two never even planned a terror attack in the United States, according to the head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division at the time of the incident.
Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi were arrested as a result of an FBI sting operation after being under the FBI’s watch for months.
The two men pleaded guilty to all counts they were charged with. Alwan was sentenced to 40 years in prison, and Hammadi got life in prison.
The claim came as she was defending President Donald Trump’s travel ban on immigrants and refugees, Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway referenced a nonexistent “Bowling Green massacre” as a defense in an interview on Thursday.
As a result of Alwan and Hammadi’s arrest, the Department of Homeland Security re-vetted 58,000 refugees who were already in America, imposed vetting on 25,000 other Iraqi’s and restricted the processing of Iraqi visa/refugee applications for six months.
This is far, far different from President Trump’s travel ban, which includes people who already have visas and green cards. This limits the ability of legal immigrants to leave the U.S. because their ability to return is not for certain.