But a segment on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace really drove home that this talking point is total bullshit, while showing White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders twisting herself into pretzels trying to make the statistics fit the administration's dubious narrative.
After bringing up that the president has talked about terrorists coming across the border amid his push for a wall — the main sticking point keeping the government shut down — Wallace told Sanders, "The State Department says there is, quote — their words — 'no credible evidence' of any terrorist coming across the border from Mexico."
In response, Sanders said, "We know roughly, nearly 4,000 known or suspected terrorists come into our country illegally. And we know that our most vulnerable point of entry is at our southern border."
Wallace wasn't having any of this.
"Wait wait wait, I know the statistic," he said. "I didn't know if you were going to use it, but I studied up on this. You know where those 4,000 people, where they're captured? Airports. Airports. The State Department says there hasn't been any terrorists that they've found coming across."
Just for the full context, here's what the State Department's Bureau of Counterterrorism said in 2017: "At year's end there was no credible evidence indicating that international terrorist groups have established bases in Mexico, worked with Mexican drug cartels, or sent operatives via Mexico into the United States. The U.S. southern border remains vulnerable to potential terrorist transit, although terrorist groups likely seek other means of trying to enter the United States."
Those likely other means are airports, as Wallace pointed out. It's not sending operatives into Mexico before having them walk thousands of miles through the desert.
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Ricardo Delano Whitehead, third from left, was honored by Live Oak officials and the Sutter County Sheriff's Office at Wednesday's City Council meeting for intervening in an attack last month. (Courtesy Sutter County Sheriff's Office)
Ricardo Delano Whitehead isn't your average 69-year-old. Despite being just a few weeks shy of 70, the U.S. Army veteran still practices martial arts. In his younger years, he even taught it to an Army battalion at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
On Feb. 13, Whitehead happened upon a man he saw tackle a woman before repeatedly punching her in the doorway of a Live Oak, California business. Whitehead yelled at the suspect to leave the woman alone, at which point the other man turned his attention on the veteran.