Gorka says subway murder proves illegal immigration 'is a national security threat'

Gorka says subway murder proves illegal immigration 'is a national security threat'
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Former White House deputy assistant Sebastian GorkaSebastian Lukacs GorkaGorka says Jeanine Pirro is 'absolutely right' to suggest Omar's hijab means she's against Constitution Trump Jr. defends Tucker Carlson: 'This is how to handle the outrage mob' Fox News confirms exit of Eboni K. Williams MORE on Tuesday argued that a shooting between gang members on the New York subway system proves that the borders are "a national security threat."

"This is a national security threat and just more proof of how the southern border and securing us from illegal aliens is a national security threat," Gorka, now a Fox News national security strategist, said on "Fox & Friends."

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Police have arrested a member of the Central American MS-13 gang after the murder of a rival gang member on a Queens subway platform over the weekend, according to The New York Times. Police have not indicated the suspect is in the country illegally.

Gorka told "Fox & Friends" he was quoting figures from the Center for Immigration Studies in arguing that "93 percent of the arrests made by ICE of MS-13 members are of illegal aliens."

"Thirteen percent of ICE arrests in general are of MS-13 members, but that 13 percent is responsible for more than a third of the arrests of murderers by ICE," he added.

The Center for Immigration Studies is "an independent, non-partisan, non-profit, research organization," according to its web site, that advocates for lower levels of legal and illegal immigration. Gorka's numbers are based on the center's data from a 10-year period between 2005 and 2014. The 13 percent of arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that Gorka quoted is actually 13 percent of gang-related arrests by ICE.

Gorka also hammered Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDems concerned impeachment will make Trump 'appear like a victim,' says pollster Boeing debacle shows need to investigate Trump-era corruption Beto could give Biden and Bernie a run for their money MORE (D-N.Y.) for her calls to abolish ICE, noting that the subway slaying occurred in her district.

"Why does she want more criminals and murderers in America (and New York?)," he said on Twitter.

Gorka's comments come the same day as President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: 'White supremacists pose a threat to the United States like any other terrorist group' National Enquirer paid 0,000 for Bezos texts: report Santorum: Trump should 'send emails to a therapist' instead of tweeting MORE's State of the Union, where border security is expected to be a major theme during his address to Congress in the House of Representatives chamber of the U.S. Capitol starting at 9 p.m.

Gorka said he expects to hear Trump address the border as a national security threat on Tuesday night.

The government was partially shut down on Dec. 22 for more than a month over a standoff on Trump's demand for that Congress include $5.7 billion in funding for his wall and border security.

The president has since said it would be surprising if he did not declare a national emergency in order to build the wall, a prospect that some in his own party, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP moves to rein in president's emergency powers Republicans up for reelection fear daylight with Trump Overnight Energy: Students around globe demand climate action | EPA bans consumer sales of deadly chemical in paint strippers | Green New Deal set for Senate vote MORE (Ky.), argue would prompt a rebellion within the GOP.