Some might wear it as a badge of honor but MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann named Cong. Paul Broun the “worst person of the day” yesterday for getting some facts wrong regarding illegal immigration. Of course by posting this on Peach Pundit, more people will see it than saw it live, but hey we’re here to help. Notice Olbermann’s mispronunciation of Broun’s name.
Here’s the data Cong. Broun got wrong:
“This is a national security problem,” Broun told the lawmakers. “I’m told by people who are involved in helping just monitor the border that roughly 40 percent of the people that are intercepted crossing our border are not Mexicans.”
(Actually, the official stats for FY 2007 show slightly less than 7 percent are OTMs, or “Other than Mexicans.” The ASICs, or “Aliens from Special Interest Countries” — most anywhere in the Middle East and a chunk of South Asia — totaled 297. That’s three-hundredths of 1 percent. Still, it’s not zero, so let’s continue.)