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 slams PBS children's show 'Arthur' over gay wedding America's most trusted news source is about to get politicized Gorka: 'We have to get serious about the detention facilities' 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-CortezOcasio-Cortez makes endorsement for Queens district attorney Lawmakers call for 'time out' on facial recognition tech Markey releases infrastructure suggestions that align with Green New Deal goals 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 TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 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 McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Threat of impeachment takes oxygen out of 2019 agenda Chances for disaster aid deal slip amid immigration fight MORE (Ky.), argue would prompt a rebellion within the GOP.