Does ‘Zero Tolerance’ Protect the U.S. from Terrorism or Crime? Let’s Examine the Evidence.


A study by the Center on National Security at Fordham Law about terrorism in the United States was mentioned in a Washington Post article.

Last Tuesday, President Trump signed an executive order halting the separation of children from their parents arrested for illegally crossing the border. Now families will be detained together until the end of their immigration proceedings. However, the “zero tolerance” immigration policy remains in place. It requires prosecution of all illegal crossings to prevent individuals from trying to enter the United States.

The report’s methodology drew scrutiny – both for its narrow focus on international terrorism rather than all terrorism in the U.S., and for including approximately 90 individuals who were brought to the United States to stand trial. It also ignored the findings of the Department of Homeland Security’s own analysts that demonstrated that many of the foreign-born terrorists were radicalized well after coming to the U.S. Others criticized the report as mischaracterizing the threat, noting that since 2002, foreign-born terrorists have killed 34 people, while U.S.-born terrorists have killed more than three times that number. A study released by Fordham University Law School’s Center on National Security – which examined only attacks tied to the Islamic State — found that the perpetrators tend to be Americans born in the United States.

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