The government shutdown has entered its third week. It is because Donald Trump refuses to accept any budget that does not include at least $5 billion to start building a wall between the United States and Mexico.
Most Americans don't want the wall built -- especially because it will be paid for by American taxpayers (and not by Mexico, as Trump had repeatedly promised). This is compounded by most Americans blame Trump and the Republicans for the shutdown, which they don't think is necessary.
What is the response of the Trump administration? They have resorted to their favorite tactic -- lying. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, in an obvious effort to try to scare the public into agreeing with Trump, claims that about 4,000 terrorists have been caught at the Southern border. The problem with that is that it is simply not true. In fact, there is no evidence that even a single terrorist has been arrested trying to enter this country by crossing the border with Mexico.
Here is how Julia Ainsley at NBC News describes the reality: