Rachel Maddow Exclusive Report Debunks 'Extreme Vetting' Behind Trump's Travel Ban

"The Rachel Maddow Show" has obtained an exclusive document from the Department of Homeland Security, and it represents a devastating blow to President Trump's immigration ban on seven Muslim-majority countries.

"You won't see this anywhere else," Rachel Maddow opened Thursday, before divulging the document's details.

"I'm not going to tell you how we got it," Maddow said. "But the Department of Homeland Security has tonight confirmed to us that this is authentic, that this is real and you can see... it's labeled unclassified for official use only, dated March 1, 2017."

The report was prepared by the Homeland Security office of intelligence and analysis, but it was coordinated with Immigration and Customs and Enforcement, the National Counterterrorism Center and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. 

Maddow alerted readers to the report's key judgment: "We assess that most foreign-born U.S.-based violent extremists likely radicalized several years after their entry into the United States, limiting the ability of screening and vetting officials to prevent their entry because of national security concerns."

"So much for extreme vetting!" she quipped. "The whole justification, the whole explanation, from this administration for the Muslim ban was to stop people coming into this country, at least for a while...so Trump could set up his 'extreme vetting' plan, right?"

"This intelligence community document that we have obtained tonight...tells us that the National Security justification for the whole ban, [Trump's] setting up of 'extreme vetting,' is bullpucky in national security terms," she concluded. "There's nothing they can set up at the border to tell you years down the road who might become a completely different and radical and violent person years from now, because they haven't been radicalized yet."

In other words, "The intelligence community thinks the Muslim ban is nuts." 



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