Homeland Security Challenged Trump Travel Ban Basis

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The Homeland Security Department’s intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Trump’s travel ban pose a terror threat to the U.S., the Associated Press reports. A draft document concluded that citizenship is an “unlikely indicator” of terrorism threats to the U.S., and that few people from the countries Trump listed in his travel ban have carried out attacks or been involved in terrorism-related activities in the U.S. since Syria’s civil war started in 2011. Trump cited terrorism concerns as the primary reason he signed the sweeping temporary travel ban in late January, which halted the U.S. refugee program. A federal judge blocked the government from carrying out the order. Trump said Friday a new edict would be announced soon.

Homeland Security spokeswoman Gillian Christensen did not dispute the report’s authenticity, but said it was not a final comprehensive review of the government’s intelligence. The Homeland Security report is based on unclassified information from various sources. It challenges Trump’s core claims. It said that of 82 people the government determined were inspired by a foreign terrorist group to carry out or try to carry out an attack in the U.S., just over half were U.S. citizens born in the United States. The others were from 26 countries, led by Pakistan, Somalia, Bangladesh, Cuba, Ethiopia, Iraq and Uzbekistan. Of these, only Somalia and Iraq were among the seven nations in the ban.

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