Brennan Center, Protect Democracy, and Lawfare Request Corrections to DOJ-DHS Section 11 Report on Terrorism Data
The Brennan Center, in collaboration with Protect Democracy and Lawfare, filed a request for correction of a misleading report prepared by the Departments of Justice (“DOJ”) and Homeland Security (“DHS”) purporting to provide evidence of the security threats posed by foreign-born people in the United States.
On January 16, 2018, the DOJ and the DHS issued a report entitled “Executive Order 13780: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States, Initial Section 11 Report” (the “Report”). Cited by the Trump Administration to justify curbing immigration, the Report supports White House efforts to mislead the public on the nature of terrorism in the United States. These efforts have included a false statement by President Trump in a Joint Address to Congress that the “vast majority of individuals convicted of terrorism and terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from outside of our country.”
As has been widely reported, the Report is rife with inaccuracies and methodological flaws, fails to be transparent about the data on which it relies, and is designed to reinforce a political narrative, not present an objective account of the facts. Therefore, on February 8. 2018, the Brennan Center, in collaboration with Protect Democracy and Lawfare, filed a request for correction under the Data Quality Act and implementing guidelines adopted by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) asking that DOJ and DHS issue a corrected version of the Report that adheres to the requirements of federal guidelines or, in the alternative, that both departments retract the Report in its entirety.