Monday, May 23, 2022
Politifact once again rebuts the Republican urban legend that noncitizens released from detention fail to appeal at hearings in immigration court. It examines the truthfulness of Senator James Lankford's (R-Oklahoma) statement that “[t]he vast majority of individuals that we’re releasing out are not showing up for hearings.”
PolitiFact's ruling: False
Click the link above to look at the explanation of why Senator Lankford's statement, part of President Trump's talking points on immigration, is false. The punch line:
"There are different ways to track how many immigrants don’t show up to immigration court hearings, and all indicate that a majority of immigrants, including those who are not detained, do attend their hearings. Data from the Justice Department show that in fiscal year 2021 and during the first quarter of 2022, most immigrants attended their hearings.
We rate Lankford’s claim False."