When CNN tried to fact-check President Donald Trump’s remarks this week about illegal immigration, the Department of Homeland Security came to the president’s defense and obliterated CNN with facts.
CNN anchor Jim Sciutto claimed Trump was lying when he said during his contentious meeting with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday that his administration has caught at least 10 terrorists trying to sneak across the southern border.
“DHS did not provide evidence of a single terrorist caught at the southern border over the very last short period of time as the president claimed,” Sciutto concluded on air Wednesday.
Pres. Trump said yesterday "10 terrorists" have been caught at the border. @jimsciutto's fact check: “DHS did not provide evidence of a single terrorist caught at the southern border over the very last short period of time as the president claimed” https://t.co/a1nCtEFR3s pic.twitter.com/O0Jh9JVDld
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) December 12, 2018
“The president has now twice used the threat of terrorism to justify the wall. Facts supplied by DHS don’t back that up,” he added in a Twitter statement.
The president has now twice used the threat of terrorism to justify the wall. Facts supplied by DHS don’t back that up. https://t.co/N3XDabBPRO
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) December 12, 2018
Except according to DHS, it’s Sciutto who’s a liar, not the president.
“We are happy to provide the facts — but you never reached out,” DHS spokesperson Tyler Houlton wrote in a direct reply to the CNN anchor’s tweet.
“In fact, DHS prevented 3,755 known or suspected terrorists from traveling to or entering the U.S. in FY 17. That’s in addition to 17,526 criminals, 1,019 gang members, and 3,028 special interest aliens. #FactsFirst”
We are happy to provide the facts — but you never reached out. In fact, DHS prevented 3,755 known or suspected terrorists from traveling to or entering the U.S. in FY 17. That's in addition to 17,526 criminals, 1,019 gang members, and 3,028 special interest aliens. #FactsFirst https://t.co/4naI8XOg9x
— Tyler Q. Houlton (@SpoxDHS) December 12, 2018
One terrorist who U.S. authorities took into custody along the border in California and subsequently deported years earlier reportedly went on to commit an act of terrorism in Canada that left five injured, according to the Center for Immigration Studies:
While other extremist border-crossers have been prosecuted for supporting terrorism, asylum fraud, and false statements about terrorism, [Abdulahi] Sharif allegedly went on to stab a police officer and conduct two vehicle ramming attacks in Edmonton, Alberta, in September 2017. His attack while carrying an ISIS flag injured a police officer and four other people.
It soon emerged that some years earlier, in 2011, Sharif smuggled through Latin America and Mexico to the California border. After an immigration judge ordered him deported, he made bond and crossed the Canadian border and achieved refugee status. Within 36 months, however, Canada’s federal anti-terrorism police were investigating claims that he held “genocidal beliefs” consistent with extremist ISIS ideology.
Cases like this offer one of many examples of why the president considers border security to be so pivotal for the nation’s well-being. Had Sharif not been apprehended and deported, he would have likely committed his terror attack in the U.S.
During his heated meeting Tuesday with Democrat leaders, he made it clear that unless they approve immediate funding for his proposed southern border wall — which would drastically reduce illegal immigration and thus the threat of terrorists crossing the border — he’ll shut down the government.
“I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck,” he told Schumer. “Because the people of this country don’t want criminals and people that have lots of problems and drugs pouring into this country.”
Left-wing media outlets like CNN promptly jumped on the president afterward, accusing him of fabricating the confirmed threat along the southern border.
“There’s no problem with terrorists coming over the border. There’s no problem with the caravan,” MSNBC “Morning Joe” contributor Willie Geist falsely asserted Wednesday morning.
But the evidence clearly shows a threat does in fact exist — and that unless the U.S. gets serious about border security, the threat will continue to increase.