Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) was ridiculed both for the number (with the extra zeros) and her logic of how apprehended migrants constituted an open border.
AZ Rep Bashed On Twitter, Says A Billion Migrants Apprehended At Border
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April 20, 2022

And you wonder why Ron DeSantis, Greg Abbott, and others are so keen to burn math textbooks...

Source: Newsweek

Arizona's Republican Congresswoman Debbie Lesko said on Twitter that Border Patrol agents had arrested a billion people at the U.S.-Mexico border over the past six months—wrongly adding three zeros to the correct number of a million people.

Citing a piece from the Wall Street Journal (which clearly states in its headline that one million people were arrested at the southern border), Lesko mentions the arrests as a clear sign that "President Biden's open border policies are fueling this crisis!," although she does so by quoting a made-up number of apprehended migrants.

And her tweet, which surprisingly, as of this writing, remains up. (edit: And poof, it's gone. I guess Debbie woke up to find herself called an idiot. Again.)

Twitter was quick to pounce.

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