Just days after losing the battle with House leader Nancy Pelosi over funding for a border wall, President Donald Trump is laying out his case, once again, for a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border.
While most Americans were sleeping, reading the paper or getting ready for church Sunday morning, Trump was on Twitter calling for increased border security.
To get his point across, he dropped several statistics alleging illegal immigration is spiraling out-of-control and costing the country millions every month.
“We are not even into February and the cost of illegal immigration so far this year is $18,959,495,168. Cost Friday was $603,331,392,” Trump tweeted. “There are at least 25,772,342 illegal aliens, not the 11,000,000 that have been reported for years, in our Country. So ridiculous! DHS.”
He didn’t say where he got those numbers.
But according to a December 2018 report from the Department of Homeland Security, there were an estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. in 2015, the last year figures were available.
In another tweet, Trump claimed thousands of undocumented immigrants voted in the last elections in Texas and California, where he claimed “voter fraud is rampant.”
“58,000 non-citizens voted in Texas, with 95,000 non-citizens registered to vote. These numbers are just the tip of the iceberg. All over the country, especially in California, voter fraud is rampant,” he tweeted.
It’s not the first time Trump has claimed widespread voter fraud in California. While there have been some reported cases of non-citizens registering to vote, state leaders have insisted the numbers are small.
In October, the California Department of Motor Vehicles acknowledged that about 1,500 people may have been incorrectly registered to vote for the November election because of a “processing error,” according to The Associated Press.
Perhaps Trump missed that 1,500 number.
Despite focusing much of the morning on illegal immigration — and using a video from a local TV station to tout his slogan “Build a Wall & Crime Will Fall” — he mentioned a couple of other subjects including NATO and Holocaust Memorial Day.
Here’s the president’s tweetstorm for Sunday: