President Donald Trump tried to justify his policy of jailing undocumented immigrant children and toddlers by appearing with families who have had loved ones murdered by undocumented immigrants.
Some of the family members held up photos of the victims, which had been autographed by Trump who joked that one of the victims looked like “Tom Selleck, except better looking” (video below).
Trump falsely claimed that 63,000 Americans had been killed by undocumented immigrants since 9/11:
Sixty-three thousand. That number that they say is very low because things aren’t reported. Sixty-three thousand. You don’t hear about that.
The Washington Examiner that Trump used the same number in March:
This is actually a mass murder happening in the United States by illegal aliens killing American citizens. Over 63,000 American citizens have been killed since 9/11 by illegal aliens. It’s a crime spree that is being left unchecked…
Sixty-three thousand people since 9/11. Boy, that is some number, I’ve never heard that number before. It’s an incredible number.
In fact, the number is so “incredible” that it cannot be verified.
The Washington Examiner noted:
…a 2011 Government Accountability Office report said that a study population of 249,000 criminal aliens had been arrested for 25,064 homicides.