Trump’s DOJ Was Just Busted For Using Skewed Terrorism Data To Push Anti-Immigration Agenda
Donald Trump’s Department of Justice and Homeland Security were caught trying to use skewed terrorism data to push anti-immigration agenda on Tuesday after they released a report claiming that three-quarters of people who committed acts of terror in the United States between September 11, 2001, and the end of 2016 are foreign-born
The Intercept busted the DOJ and Homeland report, saying that it “appears to rely on a data set that has been carefully selected to support the Trump administration’s anti-Muslim policies.”
“This report reveals an indisputable sobering reality — our immigration system has undermined our national security and public safety,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said when announcing the report’s release. “And the information in this report is only the tip of the iceberg: we currently have terrorism-related investigations against thousands of people in the United States, including hundreds of people who came here as refugees.”
The Daily Beast also caught the DOJ in their scheme. According to the Daily Beast, the report’s assertion flies counter to claims made by counter-terrorism experts, who insist “U.S. citizens have been the majority of the offenders since 9/11.”
The Beast also noted that “the report’s release appears to have been timed” in conjunction with the Trump administration’s efforts to “to end two U.S. visa programs as a condition of congressional immigration negotiations.” The White House has denied this claim and calls the timing “purely coincidental.”
University of Maryland’s William Brainiff, who leads the school’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism program also blasted the report, saying, “If you’re looking at international terrorism, you’re going to see people with a more international background—that’s just common sense.”
Also, according to The Intercept, the report failed to inform that the size of the data set 549 individuals, 254 of which were non-citizens and 148 naturalized citizens.