Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA) on Wednesday compared the number of migrants and asylum seekers at the United States’ southern border to “a D-Day every month.”
During a House Homeland Security Committee hearing, Higgins — who’s perhaps best known for making political points from a Nazi gas chamber — tallied the number of Americans involved in the D-Day invasion, 73,000, and compared it to the “76,103, according to my numbers, apprehensions along our southern border last month.”
In reality, the 76,103 figure is a sum of both people apprehended between ports of entry — many of whom are asylum-seekers — and migrants and asylum-seekers who presented themselves at ports of entry and were deemed inadmissible.
“We have D-Day every month along our southern border,” Higgins said.
Even comparing the numbers themselves, it’s not true that they’re representative of “every month”: February saw an unusually high number of apprehensions and asylum-seekers deemed ineligible compared to other months in recent years.
Rep. Clay Higgins compares the number of people apprehended at the southern border (and those rejected after presenting themselves at ports of entry) in February to the number of American troops in D-Day.
"We have D-Day every month on our southern border." pic.twitter.com/5r0pkP1yjP
— Matt Shuham (@mattshuham) March 6, 2019