Draft Homeland Security intel report contradicts Trump's rationale for Muslim ban

A Department of Homeland Security draft report disputes President Trump's targets for his travel ban.

Christensen said the countries were also selected in part because they lacked the ability to properly vet their citizens and don't cooperate with USA efforts to screen people hoping to come to the U.S.

The travel ban, which also suspended all refugee admissions for three months and barred Syrian refugees indefinitely, has been brought to a halt by a federal Judge in Washington. Trump repeated that argument at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday.

Based on public reports from the Justice and State departments, the Homeland Security assessment reported that citizens of the countries targeted by Trump's executive order were rarely implicated in terrorism in the U.S. Of 82 individuals who were convicted or died in the pursuit of terrorist activity in the U.S. since March 2011, more than half were U.S. -born citizens, the report noted. It found that since March 2011, when war broke out in Syria, foreign-born people committing terrorist activity in the USA were from 26 different countries.

Some of the top countries in the report that produced those linked to terror were not included in Trump's travel ban.

It also points notes that just a handful of people from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Libya and Sudan have been linked to terrorist activity in the US or participated in attacks.

The remaining foreign-born people associated with USA terror came primarily from Pakistan, Somalia, Bangladesh, Cuba, Ethiopia, Iraq, and Uzbekistan - only two of which are listed in Trump's executive order.

CNN reported that the report was requested in light of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that the Trump administration "has pointed to no evidence that any alien from any of the countries named in the order has perpetuated a terrorist attack in the United States".

The travel ban sparked protests by thousands of people across the nation and drew condemnation from leaders in countries like Britain, France, Australia and Canada.

However, in a statement to BuzzFeed News, DHS spokesperson Gillian Christensen characterized the report as "an incomplete product". CNN also reported that "still others in the intelligence community disagree with the conclusion and are finding their work disparaged by their own department".

Read the full report from the AP.

  • Larry Hoffman