Immigration Fact Checker

Oct 12

Immigration Won’t Save Social Security

More Misinformation from the Media: The Bipartisan Policy Center issued a new white paper Tuesday that details one crucial twist to the ongoing immigration debate. Authors Kenneth Morgan and Theresa Cardinal Brown write that immigration can help boost the solvency of the Social Security Trust Fund: “The logic is simple: Immigrants tend to be of working age …

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Oct 05

RAISE Will Raise U.S. Wages

[The RAISE Act] . . . would slash legal immigration to half of its current level . . . [and] shift the U.S. from a family-based immigration system to what they call one based on merit. . . . The RAISE Act is an immigration-reduction bill. It won’t strengthen the U. S. economy – studies …

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Sep 28

We Won’t Starve Without Illegal Aliens

Farmers from Georgia to California say they have a problem: not enough workers to harvest their crops. It’s estimated anywhere from half to three-quarters of farm workers are in this country illegally, and some growers say that President Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric has made a chronic worker shortage even worse. . . . What’s behind the …

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Sep 21

Immigration Won’t Save Rust Belt

More Misinformation from the Media: The Rust Belt states that tipped the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump could be the biggest losers from the proposed reductions in legal immigration that he has endorsed, according to a new study released Monday. The study, from the nonpartisan Chicago Council on Global Affairs, concludes that immigration has …

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Sep 08

USA Today Dumps on Trump

In politics, the “wedge issue” is a weapon deployed to gain tactical advantage. You find some hot-button social controversy – crime, say, or gay marriage – and push it aggressively to divide the opposition and leave it dispirited. President Trump’s decision . . . to rescind an Obama-era executive order protecting 800,000 “Dreamers” – undocumented …

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Aug 31

They Fear It Would Work

More Misinformation from the Media: [T]he president and his surrogates have ramped up their draconian rhetoric and harsh policy proposals in hopes of scaring people into the shadows or out of the country altogether. Fear, a central component of Trump’s campaign, has now become a governing tool. On the campaign trail, he scapegoated immigrants to …

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Aug 24

Trump Proposal Makes Good Sense

More Misinformation from the Media: President Trump has endorsed legislation that would slash legal immigration in half. . . . The only way to understand Mr. Trump’s support for such an obvious turkey is as yet another attempt to energize his dwindling base of right-wing and nativist supporters. . . . This bill falls into …

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Aug 10

They Are Aliens, and Illegal

More Misinformation from the Media: Words matter. In a democracy that values the rule of law, word choice is important, especially when those words come from voices of authority. . . . Three times in the news release, the phrase “illegal alien” was attributed to the attorney general. . . . Why does this matter? …

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Aug 03

Mass Migration Is Not a Right

More Misinformation from the Media: Migration is a human right. A person anywhere in the world has the right to migrate, just as there is free speech and free association. In fact, most other rights follow from the right to migrate. If governments are allowed to lock up people behind walls, then it’s only a …

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Jul 27

Cutting Immigration Is a Great Idea

More Misinformation from the Media: President Trump’s “to do” list still includes cutting legal immigration. A Washington Post survey of 18 economists over the weekend found that 89 percent said that it was a terrible idea for Trump to curb immigration to the United States. . . . The bottom line is: The United States …

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