“New report from DOJ & DHS shows that nearly 3 in 4 individuals convicted of terrorism-related charges are foreign-born. . . . [W]e need to keep America safe, including moving away from a random chain migration and lottery system, to one that is merit-based.” Donald Trump said on Twitter.
Washington Post gave Trump Four Pinocchios for the claim: When he claimed in a speech to Congress in February 2017 that “the vast majority of individuals convicted of terrorism and terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from outside of our country.” Almost a year later, the new report and its 73 percent statistic appeared to back up Trump’s claim — but only where international terrorism is concerned. For some reason, the president did not include that word in his tweets.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Manager Thomas Horman was likewise caught bold to contradict the Twitter-in-Chief at 2017, exposing once more one of Trump’s favorite lies about immigration.
According to CNN reporter Jim Acosta, Homan was asked at an off-camera briefing if immigrants were more likely to commit violent offenses that natural-born taxpayers, an idea that largely aided Donald Trump to get elected. Homan conceded that no, that wasn’t true.