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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.

Published: February 12, 2018

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.


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