Earlier this month, Rep. Duncan Hunter made the assertion on Fox News that “ISIS is coming across the southern border.”
He claimed that “at least 10 ISIS fighters have been caught coming across the Mexican border…” He gave no names, nationalities, or specifics. No dates, photographs, mug-shots or videos, or other evidence.
When asked how he knows they are coming across the border, he just said, “because I’ve asked the border patrol…” Again, no names of agents or commanders, and no specifics.
Local news will usually give some specifics or evidence about local criminals, such as their name, a photograph or mug-shot, the date when they were last seen or video footage. So far, there has been no such evidence of these “ISIS fighters coming across the border.” If it is true, wouldn’t it be all over every news channel?
Why was only Fox News covering the story?
Below is the show with Greta Van Susteren:
Here is a take on it by the TYT Network:
Politifact gave the claim a rating of “pants on fire” – in other words, the statement is not accurate and makes a ridiculous claim.
Last month, Rep. Jason Chaffetz made a similar “blanket assertions” about people crossing the border with “ties to known terrorist organizations in the Middle East.” Later Chaffetz diluted the accusation to people with “known ties to a terrorist country” or “known ties from a Middle Eastern country.”
Chaffetz also gave no names, no specifics.
Below is a link to the Politifact article on Hunter: