Wednesday, July 16

WH: "we've doubled the number of BP agents nationwide." Truth: Up 20% since Bush left office.


It would seem that every single member of the Obama administration lies constantly and effortlessly.  Latest example is White House deputy press secretary Shawn Turner, who talked to the Washington Examiner about border security.  Said Turner,
We've doubled the number of agents nationwide ... more agents providing more eyes across the border. If you look at the boots on the ground on the Southwest border, there's been a 95 percent increase since 2004.

But the truth is that while the number of Border Patrol agents is indeed up sharply over the past ten years, the person responsible for the majority of that increase is President George W. Bush.

In 2008, the last year of Bush's presidency, there were 17,499 Border Patrol agents.  Today there are  20,979 Border Patrol agents—an increase of about 20 percent.  That's a far cry from the "95 percent increase" claimed by Obama's press secretary.  Moreover, not all Border Patrol agents are deployed to the southern border, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.

But hey, everyone knows numbers are hard, right? 

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