Monday, May 28, 2007

Your Government In Action

The DHS response is priceless. CNN (05.27.07), via AmericaBlog:
"Claims of terrorism represented less than 0.01 percent of charges filed in recent years in immigration courts by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to a report issued Sunday by an independent research group.

This comes despite the fact the Bush administration has repeatedly asserted that fighting terrorism is the central mission of DHS."

Group: Terrorism not focus of Homeland Security

Note that TRAC needed a FOIA request to even get these records. "The Transactional Records Action Clearinghouse said it analyzed millions of previously undisclosed records obtained from the immigration courts under the Freedom of Information Act."

"Of the 814,073 people charged by DHS in immigration courts during the past three years, 12 faced charges of terrorism, TRAC said."

"Those 12 cases represent 0.0015 percent of the total number of cases filed."

"DHS spokesman Russ Knocke called the TRAC report 'ill-conceived' and said the group 'lacked a grasp of the DHS mission.'"

"Knocke said that, by clamping down on all forms of immigration, DHS has made it difficult for terrorists to come to the United States."

Considering how effective DHS has been stemming the tide of immigration coming across our Southern border, we're not exactly inclined to buy that one, Russ.

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