The Trump-hating media have pounded White Home press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for her “unlucky misstatement” (as presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway put it) on “Fox Information Sunday” that some 3,700 “identified or suspected terrorists” have been caught on the U.S.–Mexico border.

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The truth is, these “special-interest aliens” embody terrorists, individuals who have lived or traveled by terrorist hotbeds, and others whose whereabouts set off nearer scrutiny when getting into the U.S. This quantity consists of folks apprehended on the border, however primarily at airports and different places.

Trump’s detractors have used this dustup to suggest that if there are usually not 3,700 ISIS killers in Tijuana pole-vaulting into San Ysidro, then terrorists should be as uncommon there as polar bears. This echoes the phrases of former U.S. consultant Robert Francis (Beto) O’Rourke, D-Texas. He claimed final 12 months that “exactly zero terrorists, terrorist teams, or terror plots have ever been related with the U.S.–Mexico border to do hurt to folks inside the USA.”

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PolitiFact — not precisely a far-right information group — rejected O’Rourke’s assertion: “We charge this declare False.”

The truth is, terrorists have been caught on the southern frontier, together with some who have been conspiring to rustle their comrades throughout the border and others intent on committing mayhem towards Individuals. As PolitiFact defined: “It additionally appears to be like to us like authorities have foiled each identified plan.”

Janet Napolitano, Obama’s homeland-security secretary, testified on Capitol Hill in July 2012 that terrorists enter America through the southern frontier “every so often.” So, we’ve got that going for us.

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Obama himself recognized this downside whereas he was a Democratic senator from Illinois. As he mentioned on the Senate flooring on April 3, 2006, “as a result of we dwell in an age the place terrorists are difficult our borders, we merely can’t permit folks to pour into the USA undetected, undocumented, and unchecked.”

Primarily based on journalistic sources and unclassified authorities data, listed below are a dozen militant-Islamic terrorists snared or detected on the U.S.–Mexico border or caught attempting to breach it — alone or in cahoots with others.

This column is customized from a column that first appeared within the Nationwide Evaluate. Maintain studying right here.

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