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READ: Sarah Sanders Tweets ‘El Chapo’s Reign of Terror Is Over…The Threat From Violent Drug Cartels Is Real – We Must Secure Our Border’

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Sarah Sanders and Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in his heyday. (Photos by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images and Gerardo Magallon/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trump administration has been all hands on deck to push his border wall. From the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen dropping articles in memos and speech to say “From Congress I would ask for wall, we need wall” to making false claims in press conferences and tweets.

The latest effort finds White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders ignoring the facts of the drug trafficking modus operandi of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to push Trump’s border wall on Twitter. Sharing a report about El Chapo’s trial, Sanders posted:

“El Chapo’s reign of terror is over. He‘ll spend the rest of his life in a maximum security prison. The threat from violent drug cartels is real – we must secure our border”

It’s no secret that President Donald Trump thinks a big multi-billion dollar wall/fence—with his name on it—will end all drug smuggling and human trafficking. He and other members of the Trump administration made that claim over and over.

But while invoking the name of El Chapo as the boogeyman who the wall will stop, some important facts are forgotten. Facts that border security experts pointed out the first time Trump decided to make wall building—paid for by Mexico—a focal point of his 2016 presidential campaign.

The primary means of smuggling drugs and people into the United States is with modern transportation through legal ports of entry, not walking across the southern border. During El Chapo’s trial, members of his cartel testified all the ways drugs were smuggled that Trump’s border wall would be completely ineffective against.

As with the other times Trump administration officials obfuscated to attempt to bolster support for Trump’s border wall, people were ready to enlighten Sanders on her misunderstanding of El Chapo’s drug trafficking operation.

While others asked Sanders to explain what she thought a wall would contribute.

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