Newly elected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi clashed with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, telling her “I reject your facts” on security issues at the southern border.
Nielsen was conducting a presentation regarding the nation’s security and the threat of illegal immigration when the top Democrat made a declaration rejecting the facts.
The exchange highlights how the Administration is interested in dealing with the reality of the threat at the border, while the “resistance” party has no interest in truth.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Nielsen was running off statistics regarding the border and the criminal threat attempting to enter the United States – including those associated with terrorism.
“I reject your facts,” Pelosi reportedly told Nielsen
“These aren’t my facts,” Nielsen fired back. “These are the facts.”
Democrats always talk about “their truth” and “your facts.” Imagine if they could understand that there is only one truth, only one set of facts. They may hate that truth and fear those facts, but they will eventually have to learn that facts are facts. https://t.co/JScHuUOFpi
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) January 5, 2019
Chuck Schumer reportedly directed Pelosi to interrupt Nielsen within seconds of beginning her briefing.
Didn’t Want to Hear About the Terror Threat
The biggest point of contention for Pelosi and the Democrats seems to be an unwillingness to accept the fact that terrorists with ill-intent for American citizens may be trying to enter the country.
Nielsen had been explaining to lawmakers in attendance that border officials apprehended 17,000 criminals last year, including 3,000 people with terrorist ties.
“I reject your facts,” Pelosi told Nielsen
“These aren’t my facts,” Nielsen shot back. “These are the facts.”
This after Nielsen told Pelosi that we detained 3,000 w/terror ties and 17,000 criminals at the southern border last year. https://t.co/X4f7WzFg2Y
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) January 6, 2019
Sen. Dick Durbin lived up to his name, calling Nielsen’s report “not a credible presentation.”
“It was preposterous,” Durbin charged. “At a time when we have the lowest level of apprehensions at the border … she is saying that we have all these terrorists and criminals and all these people on their way in.”
Terrorism continues to be a threat
Fox News host Chris Wallace pressed White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on the terrorist-coming-across-the-border point this weekend, while noting that most terrorist-linked individuals are actually apprehended at airports:
Here’s the video of Chris Wallace fact-checking Sarah Sanders on her false claim that terrorists are streaming over the border with Mexico.
“The state department says there hasn’t been any terrorists found coming across the southern border.” Via Fox. pic.twitter.com/ByMaa9TK2S
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 6, 2019
But, as Sanders points out, the threat comes from all over: land, air, and sea.
This past October, a Univision reporter confirmed that the caravan trying to breach the U.S./Mexico border contained “unknown Middle Easterners” including “people from Bangladesh.”
Bangladesh has been a hotbed of terrorist activity, and criminals coming in from the country should be of concern to Americans – Democrat and Republican alike.
The bulk of the migrant caravan, however, consisted of individuals from Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico. Guatemala is another significant terrorist concern.
Guatemala President Jimmy Morales claimed that his administration had captured “close to 100 people completely linked to terrorist issues, with ISIS,” within days of the caravan reaching Mexico.
Additionally, a suspect in a 1987 bombing that wounded six American soldiers in Honduras had led another migrant caravan demanding entry into the U.S. or payments of $50,000 to each would-be illegal.
Democrats would do well to listen to Nielsen who has a breadth of facts at her hand, or the next loss of American life at the hands of an illegal immigrant will be blood on their hands. Rejecting facts isn’t going to make the reality of the terrorist or criminal threat simply disappear.