Trump’s national emergency at the US-Mexico border is “a barrel of bunkum and balderdash,” wrote Peter Bergen. The alleged terrorism emergency doesn’t exist, he wrote’”2018 saw one of the lowest yearly numbers for jihadist terrorism in the US. “The vast majority of terrorists don’t enter the United States at the southern border…because they are already in the country,” he went on. 84% of recent jihadist terrorism cases involved US citizens or permanent residents.
- Not one convicted terrorist has crossed the southern border.
- Has Sarah Sanders shared misleading statistics about terrorists at the border?
Peter Bergen is CNN’s national security analyst, a vice president at New America and a professor of practice at Arizona State University. He is the author of “United States of Jihad: Investigating America’s Homegrown Terrorists.” The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion articles at CNN.
(CNN)The Trump administration is framing the necessity of a southern border wall, in part, as a response to a national security emergency involving terrorists. This is a barrel of bunkum and balderdash served with generous helpings of hogwash.
Where to begin? Let’s start with the fact that there is no terrorism emergency. 2018 saw one of the lowest yearly numbers of jihadist terrorism cases in the United States — 14 — since the 9/11 attacks, according to New America, a research institution that tracks terrorism.