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Arturo Sarukhan @Arturo_Sarukhan
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A multi-tweet thread on Potus' Oval Office message: 1) Saying there is a national security crisis on the border does a huge disservice to how the US & #Mexico have worked together since 9/11 to ensure our border is not used by terrorists to undermine our common security. 1/7
2) Per Customs and Border Protection data: CBP encountered only 6 #immigrants at Ports of Entry along the US-MEX border in the first half of FY2018 whose names were on a federal government list of known or suspected terrorists. 2/7
3) Overall, 41 people on the Terrorist Screening Database were encountered at the border with #Mexico from October 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. 3/7
4) On the US-#Canada border, during the same period, CBP stopped 91 people listed in the database, including 41 who were not American citizens or residents. 4/7
5) Not a single terrorist has committed an attack on the US homeland having crossed the border with #Mexico. The @StateDept annual report on terrorism backs this up. 6) Unauthorised immigration in the US is going down, particularly from Mexico. 5/7
7) More unauthorised #immigrants overstay their visas than those that illegally cross the border with #Mexico. 8) All serious hard data debunks conflating #refugees and #migrants with criminality. 6/7
8) Great majority of drugs do not cross between Ports of Entry; they come through PoE. 9) A wall is a 1st C. solution to 21st C. challenges. 10) #Mexico is not paying -and will not pay- for the wall. We have done -and can do- great things together; a wall is not one of them 7/7
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