On Friday, Democrat Senator Chris Murphy implied that President Trump and other conservatives are racists for seeking the construction of a border wall along the southern border but not one along the northern border.
The comment was made in response to Republican Senator Marco Rubio who cautioned that the construction of a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border would not cut off illegal immigration in its entirety—a line that Trump contends.
“Border wall ALONE wouldn’t stop illegal migration or drugs. But walls funnel traffic to monitored entry points Airports have barriers to keep people from getting around TSA checkpoints,” Rubio tweeted. “If we use barriers to keep air travel safe, why wouldn’t we use them to keep country safe?”
Murphy responded: “Here’s where the analogy breaks down. We have TSA at EVERY airport. You and Trump are advocating putting up a wall on only one border. No wall for the country filled with mostly white people.”
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As Daily Wire reports, Murphy’s comment seems to ignore illegal immigration data contrasting the difference between illegal immigration over the northern and southern borders:
According to the Department of Homeland Security, in Fiscal Year 2018, 521,090 illegal immigrants were apprehended at the southern border, up from 415,517 in Fiscal Year 2017. In Fiscal Year 2016, 553,378 immigrants were apprehended; in Fiscal Year 2015 there were 444,859, and in Fiscal Year 2015 there were 569, 237.
Compare those numbers with these from the northern border of the United States. As USA Today reported in late July 2018:
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In the Border Patrol sector that covers 300 miles (480 kilometers) of border with New York, Vermont and New Hampshire, agents have apprehended 324 people who crossed illegally from Canada so far this fiscal year, compared with 165 in all of 2017. Last month, agents apprehended 85 people across the three states, compared with 17 in June 2017 and 19 in June 2016, statistics show. So far this fiscal year, there have been at least 267 apprehensions along Canada’s border with Vermont alone, compared with 132 all of last year, according to statistics compiled by federal prosecutors in Vermont.
Some people who responded to Murphy pointed out the glaring error, Twitchy reports: