The Department of Justice is refusing to change portions of a controversial 2017 report despite admitting some of the data is wrong and misconstrued.
According to The Washington Post, the DOJ issued a response to queries regarding a report it published that tried to connect immigration and terrorism in the United States.
The 2017 report claimed 402 of the 549 people convicted of terrorism since the 2001 terror attacks were born overseas. However, subsequent findings showed nearly 200 of those people were never convicted of terrorism, but instead were investigated for it.
The report also highlighted data regarding immigrants who committed sex offenses, but those numbers were found to be misleading because the alleged offenses happened during a 55-year period, not a six-year span as the report stated. Further, the data was in regards to arrests, rather than convictions.
The DOJ, however, will not alter the report.
“In future reports, the department can strive to minimize the potential for misinterpretation,” Deputy Assistant Attorney General Michael Allen told the multiple organizations that sued the DOJ and the Department of Homeland Security.
The original report was released in January 2018, nearly one year after President Donald Trump signed an executive order that halted immigration from six Muslim-dominated countries. That order was blocked by the court system.
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