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Only 6 Migrants Not Sanders Claim Of 4,000 On Terror Watchlist Were Detained


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The Trump administration has claimed that U.S. border officials detained nearly 4,000 known or suspected terrorists last year at the Mexican border. But figures from the federal government's Department of Customs and Border Protection reveal that only six people on a security watchlist were detained over a six-month period, NBC reports.

The grossly inflated figure is apparently part of a strategy by the administration to whip up fear of immigrants at the southern border and support for a declaration of a national emergency by President Donald Trump so he can build his border wall.

Forty-one people on the Terrorist Screening Database were encountered at the southern border from Oct. 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018 (which is the first half of fiscal year 2018). But 35 of them were U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, leaving only six non-U.S. persons, NBC said.

On the northern border, which is of little concern to the Trump administration, Customs and Border Protection stopped 91 people listed in the database including 41 who were not American citizens or residents, NBC reported. State Department reports on terrorism have expressed more concern about suspects traveling in from Canada than Mexico.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was skewered by Fox News Chris Wallace on Sunday over her faulty 4,000 statistic that she floated Friday. Trump followers are confused about why Sarah Huckabee Sanders lied to millions of Fox viewers.

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