Trump Admin Touts Stats Linking Immigration to Terror

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Media Outlet: CNN

Joshua Geltzer was quoted by CNN about the new DHS/DOJ report that raises questionable statistics on the number of foreign-born individuals convicted of "international terrorism-related charges" in the U.S. since 9/11:

The better question is "where did they radicalize," said Joshua Geltzer, the former senior director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council and current executive director of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown University Law Center.
"If we're letting in already-radicalized people," then immigration policies "might well be worth blaming," Geltzer said. "But it seems from what's publicly available that we're letting in totally normal people who qualify for our entry standards and who then in rare cases radicalize -- just as some US-born folks unfortunately do. This sets up a way to blame the immigration system for something it can't possibly do: address radicalization that can occur on our soil to US-born and non-US-born individuals alike."

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Joshua Geltzer is an ASU Future of War Fellow at New America. He is writing a book exploring challenges associated with modern communications technologies such as social media platforms, file-upload sites, and internet search engines.