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January 16, 2018

Thompson & Nadler: New DHS/DOJ Terrorism Report is Misleading & Perpetuates Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Views

(WASHINGTON) – House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler and House Homeland Security Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson today released a joint statement in response to a misleading report released by the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security regarding terrorism in America.

“Today, the Trump Administration released a report that purports to claim that foreign-born individuals commit terror at very high rates.  This misleading report relies on manufactured data to perpetuate a myth that immigrants—specifically, those from Muslim countries—are dangerous elements within our country.  The Administration then uses these falsehoods as reasoning and license for policies that promote the continued abuse of our rights and civil liberties. 

“This report fails to consider the reality that homegrown extremists have killed more Americans than foreign terrorists since 9-11.  Domestic terror is on the rise, and yet, the Trump Administration has repeatedly proposed sharp cuts to combat domestic terrorism and proposed the elimination of programs that counter domestic terror groups linked to white supremacy.  

“The DHS/DOJ report on ‘foreign-born terrorists’ is not a serious attempt to protect the safety of the American people.  It is yet another example of this Administration’s effort to vilify the immigrant community and justify an exclusionary immigration policy.  The American people will not be fooled by such naked bigotry, and we should not allow this Administration to get away with its abuse of the facts to further its extremist, xenophobic agenda.”

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