Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Politifact: Immigration in 5 charts: a 2018 midterm report


Politifact: Immigration in 5 charts: a 2018 midterm report.  The five charts show:

1.    border apprehensions down

2.   immigration court backlog up

3.    some separated families still have not been reunified

4.    removals are trending downward

5.    the number of diversity visas issued remains virtually unchanged


Here are some previous fact checks by Politifact:

A sampler of immigration claims, fact-checked

False: Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, claimed immigrants can apply for asylum at U.S. embassies or consulates abroad. (They must be in the United States.)

False: Trump claimed there are thousands of immigration judges. (There are fewer than 400.)

False: Trump claimed a "horrible law" required that children be separated from their parents "once they cross the Border into the U.S." (No such law.)

False: Matt Schlapp claimed Obama had same policy as Trump causing family separations. (Family separations under Obama were relatively rare.)

Mostly False: Trump claimed MS-13 gang members are being deported "by the thousands." (ICE doesn’t track MS-13 deportations. Overall, thousands of gang members of all affiliations have been deported.)

Pants on Fire: Speaking of the diversity visa program, Trump claimed that "they give us their worst people, they put them in a bin," and "the worst of the worst" are selected. (He mischaracterized the program and its requirements, which include background checks by the U.S. government.)



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