AUSTIN, Texas — Viewer Mike Ray reached out and asked, "Is this true?" 

He asked about a tweet from U.S. Congressman Dan Crenshaw, who represents Texas's 2nd congressional district.

The tweet was a response to Senator Dianne Feinstein.

"Fact check," writes the senator. "Nearly half of all undocumented immigrants come to the united states legally but then overstay their visas. A border wall would do nothing go curb visa overstays."

"Why are you arguing with a point that no one is making," Rep. Crenshaw responds. "This border security plan is about the nearly 400,000 illegal aliens apprehended crossing the border last year. Fact check."

So, we fact-checked.


The short answer is yes, nearly 400,000 people were apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border patrol agents for the fiscal year of 2018.


The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol keeps lists of data on its website. We found the report for the 2018 fiscal year, which runs from October 2017 to September 2018. It listed the total number of apprehensions at the southern border at 396,579. That number includes both families and unaccompanied minors. 

Just to make sure, we reached out to CBP. It confirmed the number is accurate.

The claim by Rep. Crenshaw that nearly 400,000 people were arrested by border patrol last year is true.

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