Trump says border control apprehended 17,000 criminals last year. But that’s only partially true.

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  • In his argument that the US needs a wall along the US-Mexico border, Trump said border agents had “apprehended, last year, 17,000 criminals trying to get across the border.”
  • But that’s only partially true.
  • A full 63% of those individuals were “encountered” by the Office of Field Operations (OFO), the people you meet at the airport and at border crossings.
  • In other words, the “criminal aliens” they encountered were travelers who failed routine checks at legal entry points and were denied entry.  
  • Only 6,259 individuals of the 362,000 individuals apprehended by Border Patrol were actually found to have criminal convictions, and only one in 10 has a drug offense.

The Trump administration has several times this week used a statistic to reinforce its argument that the country needs a wall, or some kind of physical barrier, along the entire US-Mexico border.

President Donald Trump himself said Thursday that border agents had “apprehended, last year, 17,000 criminals trying to get across the border.”  

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