Trump Administration’s Fuzzy Math on Terrorist Origins is More than Misleading – It’s Dishonest

January 16, 2018

For Immediate Release: January 16, 2017
Contact Details Below

Today, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security released a report trumpeting that “three out of every four, or 402, individuals convicted of international terrorism-related charges in U.S. federal courts” since 9/11 were foreign-born. Secretaries of each agency claimed this data proves the need for President Trump’s discriminatory immigration policies.

In a blog for Just Security, Brennan Center Liberty & National Security Program Co-Director Faiza Patel explains why the report is nothing more than a naked attempt to cherry pick numbers to advance the administration’s nativist immigration policies.

“The obvious goal of the report, which was issued pursuant to the president’s infamous Muslim ban executive orders, is to gin up fears of foreigners, especially Muslims, and to support Trump’s xenophobic immigration agenda,” writes Patel.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Naren Daniel at (646) 292-8381 or