Cory Booker Calls on DHS and DOJ to Retract Misleading Immigration Report Linking Immigration to Crime, Terrorism
Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) is pressing the Trump administration to retract a controversial 11-page report issued last year by the Justice and Homeland Security Departments -- which Donald Trump has been using to fuel his claims linking immigrants to crime and terrorism. By the administration’s own admission, the report is misleading. In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and DOJ Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, Booker admonished the administration for presenting false data and cherry-picking statistics in the report. For example, the report claims that between 2003 and 2009, immigrants were convicted of 69,929 sex offenses, when in reality, that figure represents the time period between 1955 and 2010. The report also claims that 73% of those convicted of "international terrorism-related charges" since 9/11 were "foreign-born." But it failed to detail how many individuals committed acts of terrorism abroad (and were brought to the U.S. for prosecution) -- leaving a misleading impression they were mostly immigrants. It also did not include individuals convicted of domestic terrorism-related offenses. “The Report misleadingly connects terrorism and crime to immigration by presenting false data in order to generate fear regarding criminality among immigrants coming to the U.S.,” Booker wrote. “Given the Trump Administration’s consistent misstatements and misleading characterizations, I ask you to reconsider your decision and correct or retract the Report. It is time the administration cease this troubling pattern of providing false and inaccurate information in an effort to justify its political agenda.” Read the full letter here.