|(29 May 2007)
A new TRAC study, based on the analysis of millions of records from the Immigration Courts and the Justice Department, has found that the terrorism enforcement actions of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) do not appear to match the claims made in the agency's official statements.
The report finds that while only a tiny fraction of all DHS actions -- both administrative and criminal -- involve terrorism, the speeches and Congressional testimony of DHS officials repeatedly state that the department's "priority mission" is to prevent "terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the U.S." or to "target the people, money and materials that support terrorists and criminal activities." Despite these constant assertions, TRAC found that out of more than 800,000 individuals against whom DHS filed charges in the immigration courts from FY 2004 to FY 2006, only 12 involved a terrorism charge.
This report is the latest in a series of immigration enforcement studies prepared with the support of the JEHT Foundation and the Ford Foundation. It can be found online at:
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