Malinowski Urges for an Increase in Funding to Fight Domestic Terrorism

April 3, 2019
Press Release

Washington DC –Congressman Malinowski has sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee urging for an increase in funding for the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to combat domestic terrorism.

According to the FBI’s report Hate Crime Statistics there were 7,100 hate crimes in 2017, a 17% increase from 2016. Nearly 60% of victims were targeted due to their race or ethnicity, with religion and sexual orientation being the other primary targets.

Even as the threat of domestic terrorism is growing, the administration continues to ignore the issue. Just this week DHS announced that it has disbanded a group of analysts who focus on domestic terrorism.

The letter urges increased funding for specific programs at the two agencies, calls for the Counsel for Domestic Terrorism at the DOJ to be elevated to the rank of Assistant Attorney General, and proposes establishing a Task Force or Committee led by the DOJ to consider the capacity of the federal government to counter domestic extremism.

 “Just 12 days ago a white supremacist terrorist walked into two mosques in New Zealand and slaughtered 50 people because they were Muslims, and the man who killed them used exactly the same words as the man who walked into a synagogue in Pittsburgh last year and killed 11 Jewish Americans:  that immigrants were “invading” America and other Western countries.“

 “This hateful ideology is spreading across the world, radicalizing people in our country, and motivating acts of terrorism.  It is time to take the transnational threat of white supremacist terrorism as seriously as we’ve rightly taken the threat posed by other international terrorist organizations, and to give our law enforcement and intelligence agencies the mandate and resources they need to keep us safe,” Malinowski said.

See the full text of the letter here and below.

 

The Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard                                         The Honorable Chuck Fleischmann
Chair                                                                                                      Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Homeland Security                                     Subcommittee on Homeland Security
Committee on Appropriations                                                    Committee on Appropriations

2006 Rayburn House Office Building                                         1016 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515                                                                 Washington, D.C. 20515

 

The Honorable Jose Serrano                                                        The Honorable Robert Aderholt
Chair                                                                                                      Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice,                                    Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice,
Science and Related Agencies                                                     Science and Related Agencies

Committee on Appropriations                                                    Committee on Appropriations

H-307, The Capitol                                                                           1016 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515                                                                 Washington, D.C. 20515

 

Dear Chair Roybal-Allard and Ranking Member Fleischmann and Chair Serrano and Aderholt:

 

As you consider funding for Fiscal Year 2020, we write to urge you to support robust funding and language requests for the below offices that combat domestic terrorism violence. Just a few weeks ago we all mourned as a gunman killed 49 Muslims in a Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. That gunman was motivated by the same hate and irrational fears that led to the murder of 11 Jews in their synagogue in Squirrel Hill in October – hate that has been promulgated by the rising tide of white supremacists in the United States and amplified through social media. This hatred is not just contained to the occasional and horrifying mass shooting; there were more than 7,100 hate crimes in 2017 – a 17% increase from 2016.

 

The policies we are proposing would address the growing amount of domestic terrorist violence in our country, and work to prevent any further loss of life to violent extremists.

 

Department of Justice

  1. Elevate the Counsel for Domestic Terrorism role to the rank of Assistant Attorney General and increase the staff allocated to the office to fit the need.
  2. Establish a Task Force or Committee, led by the Department of Justice (DOJ) Counsel for Domestic Terrorism with representation from DOJ Civil Rights Division, FBI, DHS, the National Counterterrorism Center, CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, and Fusion Center experts to consider the capacity of the Federal government to counter domestic extremism. The Task Force or Committee should be required to produce a summary report on changes in the frequency and motivations for domestic extremism in the last ten years, documenting current trends, examining the activities of the Federal government to counter it, and making recommendations to improve the Federal government’s posture to address to problem.
  3. Robust funding for the Office of Domestic Terrorism Counsel.
  4. Robust funding for the National Institute of Justice, specifically the research division on Domestic Radicalization and Terrorism.

 

Department of Homeland Security

  1. Request funding for the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Terrorism Prevention Partnerships, specifically the Countering Violent Extremism Grant.
  2. Request funding for the Homeland Security Grant program, specifically Fusion Centers.

 

By taking these steps, we can change our country’s overall policy toward domestic terrorism from reactive to proactive, and in the process can save lives.

 

Thank you for your consideration of our request. We look forward to working with you on this important matter.

 

    ________________________                                            ________________________
    Tom Malinowski                                                                 Ted Deutch
    Member of Congress                                                          Member of Congress