Belying available evidence, President Trump claimed there was an “an invasion” underway along America’s border with Mexico in a Twitter posting Friday.
“Humanitarian Crisis at our Southern Border. I just got back and it is a far worse situation than almost anyone would understand, an invasion!,” Trump wrote. “I have been there numerous times – The Democrats, Cryin’ Chuck and Nancy don’t know how bad and dangerous it is for our ENTIRE COUNTRY….”
In a second tweet, he added:
“…The Steel Barrier, or Wall, should have been built by previous administrations long ago. They never got it done – I will. Without it, our Country cannot be safe. Criminals, Gangs, Human Traffickers, Drugs & so much other big trouble can easily pour in. It can be stopped cold! ”
The tweets came a day after he returned from a brief tour of the border in Texas.
But the number of people caught attempting to illegally cross the border is near a 20-year low.
The Washington Post reported 397,000 were apprehended in fiscal 2018, compared to 1.6 million in fiscal 2000.
The president has also argued his wall is essential to stemming the flow of illegal drugs into the country and has repeatedly points to Mexican heroin as a driving force in the nation’s opioid epidemic.
However, the Drug Enforcement Administration reports that virtually of the narcotics move through legal points of entry like airports, land ports and seaports.
“A small percentage of all heroin seized by [Customs and Border Protection] along the land border was between Ports of Entry,” the agency said in a 2018 report.