Judy Chu Demands Receipts from DHS Over Claims Terrorists Are Trying to Cross the Border
Donald Trump and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) have been claiming that the U.S. catches 10 terrorists a day at the border. Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) wants the receipts. She has asked Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to clarify the claim, which DHS first introduced. “This is an alarming statistic,” Chu wrote in a letter Monday. “If true, 3,600 terrorists are crossing or attempting to cross our southern border every year. This would represent a significant percentage of terrorists worldwide.” The claim has been used as evidence for the need to quickly fund Trump’s border wall. However, a 2017 State Department report on terrorism found that there is “no credible information that any member of a terrorist group has traveled through Mexico to gain access to the United States,” Chu noted. The letter is peppered with questions: “From where do these terrorists originate? Where are the terrorists being held? Are they in U.S. prisons or held by the U.S. military? Have any of these terrorists apprehended at the Southern border been prosecuted in federal court? If so, please provide their case number and citations.” Read the full letter here.