President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice is refusing to retract or correct a report that the DOJ itself admits is misleading, The Washington Post reported Thursday.
The report was part of the administration’s push for a travel ban from majority-Muslim nations.
“Critics immediately expressed alarm at what they considered highly misleading data presented without context,” The Post explained. “They called it an attempt to misuse law enforcement agencies to advance a political agenda in opposition to immigration, and former senior counterterrorism officials warned it could play into terrorists’ hands by fueling misperceptions about radicalization and stoking societal divides.”
For instance, the report claimed immigrants were convicted of 69,9292 sex offenses from 2003 to 2009. That was not correct, data represented a 55 year range from 1955 to 2010 — not six years as the administration stated.
The report also claimed that 402 of 549 individuals charged with international terrorism following 9/11 were foreign born.
However, at least 189 of those 549 individuals were never charged with a terrorism-related offense. And 100 were brought to America via the extradition process to stand trial for terrorism committed overseas.