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Misrepresented Terrorism Data Magnifies Anti-Immigration Attitudes In The U.S.

| Jan 25, 2018 | Uncategorized


A very predictable report has been released by The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice that comes to the conclusion that majority of “international terrorists” ( as opposed to domestic terrorists) were born in another country.
According to the article by Immigration Impact, The Daily Beast reported that this report was written by high-level political appointees. They were never bothered to consult with data experts on this either. Data experts would have most likely told them that this report had no basis.
The report reaches its conclusion by being very selective in who is defined as an international terrorism and who does not.
This report excludes home-grown U.S. terrorists. It excludes individuals who are white supremacists and neo-Nazis. It includes international terrorists who are in the United States because they were extradited to stand trial. They are included even if they did not live in the United States. This basically concludes that the report was manipulated.
The reports did not include the input and analysis of career DHS officials. The Justice Department took lead on this report which also makes an impact on the results of their analysis.
The numbers added up in this report do not add up properly. The numbers only add up if you do not count those killed by domestic terrorists.
Here are the more accurate results according to the source below. “In our updated terrorism information that runs through the end of 2017, we found that a total of 155 people were killed on U.S. soil in terrorist attacks since January 1, 2002, 34 of them by foreign-born terrorists and 121 of them by domestic terrorists… Since the beginning of 2002, native-born Americans were responsible for 78 percent of all murders in terrorist attacks committed on U.S. soil while foreign-born terrorists only committed 22 percent.”
There is very little information as to what constitutes “international terrorism-related” changes as well. The DHS and DOJ only give detailed information about 8 individuals of the hundreds who were convicted of these charges. They also do not have complete and final information on these cases that their report is based on.
According to the source,” despite its many deficiencies, the report provided the Trump administration officials with the opportunity for high drama. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a press statement: “This report reveals an indisputable sobering reality-our immigration system has undermined our national security and public safety.” In a similar vein, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen claimed that “this report is a clear reminder of why we cannot continue to rely on immigration policy based on pre-9/11 thinking that leaves us woefully vulnerable to foreign-born terrorists.”
What do you think? Check out the source below for more information.

Source: Immigration Impact


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