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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.
- It doesn’t matter what they’re made of. Walls don’t work.
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