REPORT: CBP Only Stopped 6 on List of Known or Suspected Terrorists at Border Despite WH Claims
While the Trump Administration claims approximately 4,000 known or suspected terrorists were stopped from illegally entering America through the southern border last year, a new report suggests the numbers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection are actually coming up short… by a few thousand.
NBC obtained data from the CBP on Monday, and it shows that of all the migrants detained on the southern border for the first half of 2018’s fiscal year, only 6 of them were on government lists for known or suspected terrorists.
The report explains that of the 41 people who were encountered at the southern border and appear on the Terrorist Screening Database, 35 of them are considered lawful permanent residents, while the other 6 were identified as non-U.S. citizens.
In the last few days, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders both invoked the 4,000 terrorists figure on President Trump‘s behalf as he continues to pursue congressional funding for a border wall. Sanders was grilled by Fox News’ Chris Wallace on Sunday when she invoked the statistic in an interview, and he fact-checked her by elaborating on how the claim is a mischaracterization of DHS and State Department data.
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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