DHS Report Casts Doubt On Trump's Basis For Travel Ban

DHS Report Casts Doubt On Trump's Basis For Travel Ban

A review performed by the Homeland Security Department’s Intelligence and Analysis office found that there is insufficient evidence that the seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump’s travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States.

The DHS department’s document, obtained by The Associated Press, “assesses the international terrorist threat to the United States and worldwide by citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen,” all of which were included in Trump’s travel ban. Analysts used unclassified information from Department of Justice press releases on terrorism-related convictions and terrorist attack perpetrators killed in the act, Department of State visa statistics, the 2016 Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community, and the Department of State Country Reports on Terrorism 2015 to deliver its findings.

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DHS concluded that “country of citizenship is unlikely to be a reliable indicator of potential terrorist activity,” and that since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in 2011, primarily U.S.-based individuals who participated in terrorism-related activities for a foreign terrorist organization came from 26 different countries, with no one country representing more than 13.5 percent of the terrorists. Of the 82 individuals who were U.S.-based and involved in terrorism-related activity, just more than half were native-born United States citizens. Of the foreign-born individuals, the top seven countries they hail from are Pakistan, Somalia, Bangladesh, Cuba, Ethiopia, Iraq, and Uzbekistan. Only Iraq and Somalia were included in Trump’s travel ban.

Of the seven countries included in Trump’s ban, “relatively few citizens … compared to neighboring countries, maintain access to the United States,” notes Uproxx. While terrorist groups in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen pose a threat of attacks in the United States, groups in Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Sudan are regionally focused. Trump cited terrorism concerns as his reason for instituting the now on hold ban on individuals from these predominantly Muslim countries, according to the AP. His executive order also halted the refugee program.

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