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Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ Lie To The Media On Immigration Numbers Was Incorrect By A Staggering Amount

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President Donald Trump is a populist, which basically means he is fully willing to manipulate the very worst aspects of human nature and nurture and encourage the most horrid parts of society, especially racism and xenophobia. In modern day America, what that looks like is basically demonizing immigrants and stoking fear of so-called aliens, hence the insane Wall project.

A big part of that is spreading Fake News about the immigration situation, and the main culprit here has to be White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. She has consistently told us that many thousands of terrorists have been stopped at the southern border. Well, now, a shocking new report has finally revealed just how far off the mark that was: the true number of terrorists at the border was not in the thousands as she claimed, but was actually just six. Yes, you read that right. Six! NBC reports:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection encountered only six immigrants at ports of entry 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 provided to Congress in May 2018 and obtained by NBC News.

The low number contradicts statements by Trump administration officials, including White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who said Friday that CBP stopped nearly 4,000 known or suspected terrorists from crossing the southern border in fiscal year 2018.

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen told reporters on Monday the exact number, which NBC News is first to report, was classified but that she was working on making it public. The data was the latest set on this topic provided to Congress. It is possible that the data was updated since that time, but not provided to Congress.

Overall, 41 people on the Terrorist Screening Database were encountered at the southern border from Oct. 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018, but 35 of them were U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. Six were classified as non-U.S. persons.

On the northern border, CBP stopped 91 people listed in the database, including 41 who were not American citizens or residents.

Border patrol agents, separate from CBP officers, stopped five immigrants from the database between legal ports of entry over the same time period, but it was unclear from the data which ones were stopped at the northern border versus the southern border.

The White House has used the 4,000 figure to make its case for building a wall on the southwest border and for closing the government until Congress funds it. They have also threatened to call a national emergency in order to get over $5 billion in funding for the wall.

The U.S. keeps databases of people it believes may have ties to terrorist networks based on their spending activities, travel patterns, family ties or other activities. It is not a list of people who could be criminally charged under terrorism statutes, and it is possible that someone could be stopped because they have the same name as a person on the list.

It should not really surprise us any more that the administration that gave us Fake News and Alternative Facts is now churning out this total nonsense about immigration to forward its own agenda. If only Trump voters were willing to look facts in the face and actually accept how ludicrous this all is.


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