Throwing cold water on the left’s “most terrorists come from the extreme end of the American right wing,” a new study released by the Department of Homeland Security reveals that no less than 73% of the people convicted of terrorism-related charges since September 11, 2001 were foreign-born. Of the 549 people who were tried and convicted on said charges, 402 of them were born somewhere other than the United States. 148 of them were naturalized citizens at the time they committed (or attempted to commit) acts of terror.

In an interview with CBS, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the study came at a time when the Trump administration was trying to get a solid grip on the mess than is the U.S. immigration system.

“I think what we take directly away from the report is we need to continue to enhance our screening and vetting,” she said. “But it also tells us we need to continually vet those who are here. We have examples unfortunately over the last decades of terrorist attacks from legal permanent residents and others who were naturalized.”

This is what’s happening in our country while the media distracts the citizens with sensationalized nonsense about which curse word President Trump used to describe places like Haiti. This is the seedy underbelly of truth that our journalists and other left-wing enterprises want to keep as far away from the spotlight as possible. To listen to CNN or The New York Times, you can’t simultaneously want to limit immigration from terrorist havens and economically failed states and claim that you’re not a bigot. And because they don’t share these kinds of statistics with the public, people just nod and read along and say, “Yeah, that’s right! Trump is a white supremacist!” It’s so phony. And so dangerous.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of the authors of that terrible DACA deal that the president rejected last week, said that America’s “diversity is our strength.” Well, maybe. Maybe, in a manner of speaking, there’s some truth to that.

But if there is, there is a corollary truth, which is that unrestrained diversity for the sake of diversity is surely our weakness. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that if you let in every citizen of every godawful country in the world, eventually their problems will become our problems. After all, why are those countries so terrible in the first place? They didn’t just “happen” that way. And the people that come to the U.S. from those countries are bringing a lot of that culture with them. If they weren’t, then you couldn’t make statements like “diversity is our strength.”

Well, we ask simply: Is the U.S. really worse off for not having more Haitians, El Salvadorans, and Iraqis? Is it really? Is even one Democrat really willing to seriously make that argument and back it up with some evidence? And are these countries, to paraphrase the president, really “sending their best?”

If the left’s only argument for keeping the current immigration levels intact is that to do otherwise would be racist, then we answer with the numbers from this study. Because if it takes “being racist” to keep terrorists, leeches, and criminals out of our country, then we’ll just have to get over it.