SANDERS: “We know that ~4,000 known or suspected terrorists come into our country illegally and we know that our most vulnerable point of entry is at our southern border.”
WALLACE: “Do you know where those 4,000 people..where they’re captured? Airports.”pic.twitter.com/S1EzXczFmt
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) January 6, 2019
The claim that 4000, or nearly 4000 terrorists, or suspected terrorists, were captured at the southern border is a total lie.
The goal: $5.7 billion so Trump can fulfill a campaign promise to build his wall. (The $5.7 billion is only a downpayment.)
And now, thanks to NBC News' Julia Ainsley, we can prove it's a total lie.
"U.S. Customs and Border Protection encountered only six immigrants on the U.S-Mexico border in the first half of fiscal year 2018 whose names were on a federal government list of known or suspected terrorists, according to CBP data as of May 2018 obtained by NBC News," she reports.
When confronted with this fact, that just six people were confronted (NBC doesn't even say arrested, just approached,) Nielsen doubled-down and defended her lie:
Nielsen, speaking to reporters earlier, seemed to indicate that -- whatever the numbers so far -- the government must act out of an abundance of caution:
"We have to get it right every day," she said. "One terrorist is too many."
— Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) January 7, 2019
The news exploded on social media, causing instant anger and mockery directed towards President Trump and his administration, barely more than 24 hours before he is expected to address the nation on the border "crisis."
Terrorists are not flooding our Southern Border.
There isn’t a national emergency.
Mexico didn't pay for a wall.
Refugee children are dying at the hands of Trump’s deportation force.
Pres. Trump is throwing a tantrum, flat out making things up, & holding the government hostage. https://t.co/I1cTGUlRR3
— Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) January 7, 2019
4000. Or 6.
Maybe they were rounding up to the nearest 4000? https://t.co/HSTHaM98B7
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) January 7, 2019
...and what it is really all about.
There is no sudden "crisis" at the border. That is why the Trumpers keep lying about terrorists.
There is a crisis for Trump's ego: He started a fight to get cheers from Fox, Limbaugh and Coulter, with no idea how to get out. Ego is all. https://t.co/yOkD9WoSsz
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) January 7, 2019
$950 million per suspected terrorist! https://t.co/mfBorVvkVM
— Evan Rosenfeld (@Evan_Rosenfeld) January 7, 2019
Six… I can see how that could easily be construed to be 4,000.
— Republican American (@RepAmWatch) January 7, 2019
— Lia 💙💙💙 (@LietjeMcCloud) January 7, 2019
The only national emergency is we have a president stoking racial tensions to sate his racist base and distract from his misdeeds...all the while being defended by a GOP that at best doesn't know the secrets they're helping hide, or worse doesn't care...
— This isn't hard (@BradCNct) January 7, 2019
Wrong. The best way to read it: Border authorities encountered 6 with names sufficiently similar to one of the hundreds of thousands on multiple US Government watchlists. Senator Ted Kennedy, whose name resembled a watchlist entry, would have told you how fool-proof this is. https://t.co/wKbrlpB0Rn
— Ned Price (@nedprice) January 7, 2019
— Francesca1225✡♋🌊🇺🇸 (@frannie1225) January 7, 2019
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