The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a draft report from late January recommended authorities surveil Sunni Muslim immigrants in the United States long term if it was decided that they fit “at risk” demographic profiles, Foreign Policy reported Monday.
Upon reviewing 25 terrorist attacks that took place in the U.S. between October 2001 and December 2017, the draft report concluded it would be of “great value for the United States Government in dedicating resources to continuously evaluate persons of interest,” according to a copy obtained by FP. Draft Homeland Security Report Called For Long-Term Surveillance Of Some Muslim. When such immigrants reached American soil, the draft report also reportedly recommended the U.S. track them on a “long-term basis.”
The report could raise new questions about the Trump administration's policies toward Muslim immigrants. The draft identified a broad group of Sunni Muslims residing within the U.S. who were identified as possibly being “vulnerable to terrorist narratives,” because they matched a set of risk indicators, such as being young, male and from “the Middle East, South Asia or Africa.”
Kevin McAleenan, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), requested the report on Jan. 22, FP reported, citing internal DHS correspondence.
A CBP spokesperson told the news outlet that the report they obtained was a “first draft,” which has already undergone some revisions and continues to be changed …