Jan 7, 2019 - Politics & Policy

Report suggests White House exaggerating numbers on terror watch list border crossers

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Sarah Sanders. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

U.S. Customs and Border Protection stopped only 6 immigrants at the southern border who were on the federal government's terror watch list in the first half of FY 2018, NBC News' Julia Ainsley reports.

Why it matters: White House press secretary Sarah Sanders recently claimed that CBP had stopped nearly 4,000 suspected or known terrorists at the border last year as an argument for building Trump's border wall. There were 41 suspected terrorists stopped at the southern border in the first half of last year— 35 of them were U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

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