A few months back, Marjorie Taylor Greene said 6 “billion” have crossed the border in the Biden years.
In a since-deleted tweet from back in February, the controversial Georgia Congresswoman misstated the number of illegal border crossings in the last two-plus years.
Should we be surprised? Well, no.
Marjorie Taylor Greene Is At It Again
“$113 Billion has been appropriated to Ukraine in just 1 yr,” Greene said in the deleted tweet back in February of this year, per Newsweek.
“Trump’s wall would have only cost $22 billion, but Congress refused to fund it. 6 Billion people illegally crossed our border since Biden took office, but Ukraine’s border is the only border that matters to Washington.”
There is a number of issues with Greene’s tweet. For starters, the population of the world is a little under 8 billion, so clearly it’s not true that 6 billion people have illegally crossed the U.S. border since 2021.
It seems to make sense that Greene meant to say “million,” and did so in a subsequent tweet that was otherwise identical.
It’s not clear what the source was for the 6 million figure of illegal border crossings.
The Border Patrol had said last October that there had been 2.4 million migrant arrests at the Southwestern border in the previous fiscal year.
But “migrant arrests” and “illegal border crossings” are not an identical metric.
A subsequent report, in January, found that border arrests had dropped that month after new restrictions were put in place.
The Media is Not Happy With Her Tweet
Journalist Jacob Kornbluh of the Forward responded to the “6 million” tweet with the phrase “interesting use of that number,” a likely reference to the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust, which is also 6 million.
Greene has in the past been accused of antisemitism.
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