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The Department of Homeland Security just put out a report that finds citizenship is not a reliable indicator of whether a potential traveller to the United States is a terrorist threat.
The report was written to assess the threat of people in the seven Muslim-majority countries which President Trump has thus far unsuccessfully tried to ban from entering the United States. Its key finding states that “country of citizenship is unlikely to be a reliable indicator of potential terrorist activity.”
The report analyzes the 82 people who were convicted of or killed as a result of terrorist activity, concluding that “slightly more than half were native-born United States citizens. Of the foreign-born individuals, they came from 26 different countries with no one country representing more than 13.5% of the foreign-born total.”
The 13.5% figure represents five people from Pakistan, a country which is not included on Trump’s travel ban. The report also found that “None of the seven countries account for more than 7% of the US visas granted in their region – the Middle East and North Africa or Sub-Saharan Africa – in Fiscal Year 2015.”
The investigative report was put together at the request of the acting security for the Office of Intelligence and Analysis and is not the official position of the Department of Homeland Security.
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Homeland Security spokeswoman Gillian Christensen did not attempt to contradict the report’s findings, but did point out that it was entirely sourced by de-classified materials already available to the public.
“While DHS was asked to draft a comprehensive report on this issue, the document you’re referencing was commentary from a single intelligence source versus an official, robust document with thorough interagency sourcing,” Christensen said. “The … report does not include data from other intelligence community sources. It is incomplete.”
The report is likely to add fuel to opponents of the travel ban, who argue that the administration has failed to provide evidence that the ban will increase national security and is attempting to pass policy based on Islamophobic motivations.
In a speech to the Friday, Trump reiterated his fiery claims on fighting Muslim terrorists.
“We are going to keep radical Islamic terrorists the hell out of our country,” Trump said today in his speech to the Conservative Political Action Committee.
Trump’s travel ban was suspended by the courts, who found it to be unconstitutional. The administration has expressed plans to release a similar ban next week with more careful legal phrasing.
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