Says there’s "never (been) so many apprehensions ever in our history."

Donald Trump on Thursday, January 10th, 2019 in remarks in McAllen, Texas

Donald Trump falsely says there's 'never' been so many border apprehensions

President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he tours the U.S. border with Mexico at the Rio Grande on the southern border, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Surrounded by Texas’ Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, and by Border Patrol agents, President Donald Trump said people from the Middle East and all over the world were coming through the southern border and that a barrier is needed to prevent them from coming in.

He also said there have never been as many apprehensions as there are now. That’s verifiably wrong.

"Whether it’s steel or concrete, you don't care. We need a barrier, and they have done a fantastic job," Trump said Jan. 10. "Never so many apprehensions ever in our history."

His comment came as an effort to sway public and lawmakers’ support for funding for a border wall at the southern border. The federal government is in a partial shutdown as Trump and Democrats in congress disagree over the appropriations of taxpayers’ funds for the wall project.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection on its website has southwest border apprehension data going back to fiscal year 1960.

In fiscal year 2000, Border Patrol recorded more than 1.6 million apprehensions at the southwest border.

How many in 2017? Close to 304,000.

In 2018? Just under 400,000.

Trump made his remark in McAllen, Texas. McAllen is part of Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector. Were the sector’s apprehensions in 2017 and 2018 the highest ever? No, they weren’t.

In 2017, the Rio Grande Valley sector made 137,562 apprehensions; in 2018, it recorded 162,262 apprehensions.

In 2014, Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley made 256,393 apprehensions.

The latest available monthly data for southwest border apprehensions is for November (part of fiscal year 2019). This past November, Border Patrol recorded 51,856 apprehensions. Is that the highest apprehension number in one November? No. In November of fiscal year 2000, Border Patrol logged 76,196 apprehensions.

The Rio Grande Valley Sector recorded more apprehensions in November of fiscal year 2017 than it did in November of fiscal year 2019.

By multiple metrics, Trump’s claim doesn’t add up.

Trump’s statement is inaccurate. We rate it False.

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Says there’s "never (been) so many apprehensions ever in our history."
in remarks in McAllen, Texas.
Thursday, January 10, 2019