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Trump Officials Twisted Data About Terrorists, Lawsuit Claims

Demonstrators hold "No Muslim Ban" signs while cheering near the Trump International Hotel during a protest in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 18, 2017.

Demonstrators hold "No Muslim Ban" signs while cheering near the Trump International Hotel during a protest in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 18, 2017.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The Trump administration used a bogus terrorism study to prop up its anti-immigrant agenda by claiming most offenses are committed by foreign nationals, a pair of advocacy groups claim in a lawsuit.

The suit, filed Monday in federal court in Oakland, California, alleges the January report by the the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security used unreliable methodology and violates the little-known Information Quality Act. The organizations that sued, Muslim Advocates and Democracy Forward, want the report retracted.