WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the White House’s misleading immigration “report” released this morning:

“The Trump Administration’s immigration report, which paints a misleading picture of a nation under assault from foreigners seeking to bring terrorism, domestic violence, and economic drain to our country, has one goal: to distract from the President’s failure to address the present DACA crisis. The President and Republican leaders in Congress ought not to be holding the lives and livelihoods of DREAMers hostage in exchange for consideration of what would be the most draconian restrictions on legal immigration in a century.  The report – along with the President’s recent comments – disturbingly parallel racist arguments made about Jewish, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, and Eastern European immigrants used to justify severe restrictions in the early twentieth century.

“Their report cannot be taken seriously because it is so deeply misleading.  The fraction of immigrants who engage in terrorism is minuscule, barely registering against the overwhelming share who contribute positively to our economy and national security. The report counts those who committed terrorist acts overseas and were brought here to face trial – such individuals are not ‘immigrants’ by any stretch of the imagination.

“This White House is trying to sow fear in a racist attempt to denigrate immigrants and minorities when it ought to be focused on working with Congress to solve the crisis at hand: enabling DREAMers to remain here and continue making America stronger and safer. Curtailing legal immigration in a way that is reminiscent of a dark period in our history has nothing to do with addressing the DACA issue, which needs to be our priority this week.”