President Donald Trump’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, found herself in the hot seat on Sunday when Fox News’ Chris Wallace confronted her over misstatements she was making about the threat of terrorism posed to Americans by undocumented immigrants at the southern border.
After playing a clip in which Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen claimed that thousands of so-called “special interest aliens” had been stopped at the border between the United States and Mexico, Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” pointed out that Nielsen’s assertion did not justify the building of a border wall in quite the way that her speech seemed to imply.
“But special interest aliens are just people who have come from countries that have ever produced a terrorist, they’re not terrorists themselves, and the State Department says that there is quote, their words, ‘no credible evidence of any terrorist coming across the border from Mexico,'” Wallace told Sanders.
Sanders protested this without exactly disputing it, claiming that “we know that 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.”
“Wait, I know this statistic,” Wallace replied. “I didn’t know if you were going to use it, but I studied up on this. Do you know where those 4,000 people come, where they’re captured? Airports! Airports! The State Department says there hasn’t been any terrorists that they found coming across the southern border from Mexico.”