He insists that
On immigration, Trump inflates the number of foreigners living in the
Meanwhile, on health care, Trump falsely suggests that
A look at his campaign rhetoric and the reality:
TRUMP: "The Democrat plan would obliterate Medicare." —
THE FACTS: He's incorrect that
The plan by Sen.
The issue is whether the
TRUMP: "What we've done for the military and the vets — we've gotten them Choice, where they can now go to a doctor and
THE FACTS: No, he is not the first president in 44 years to get passed in
Trump signed legislation in June to expand the Choice program by giving veterans even wider access to private-sector doctors at government expense, subject to yet-to-be-completed rules that will determine eligibility as well as available money. The
Key to the program's success is an overhaul of the
TRUMP, on attracting the nonwhite vote from
THE FACTS: He did not achieve the best median income numbers for all the nonwhite groups. Both African-Americans and Asian-Americans had higher income prior to the Trump administration.
The median income last year for a black household was
Many economists view the continued economic growth since the middle of 2009, in Obama's first term, as the primary explanation for recent hiring and income gains. More important, there are multiple signs that the racial wealth gap is now worsening even as unemployment rates have come down.
As to Asian-Americans, the median income for a typical household last year was
TRUMP, on Montana Democratic Sen.
THE FACTS: He's misrepresenting a bill that does not direct borders to be more porous than now.
The bill seeks to limit family separations by barring federal agents and officers from removing a child from a parent within 100 miles of
While Trump asserts that the bill would spur "open borders" and change immigration law, nothing in the legislation would prohibit the removal or detention of immigrants who arrive in the
TRUMP, on the practice of allowing immigrants caught crossing the border illegally to stay in
THE FACTS: It's nowhere close to 25 million to 30 million, nor has the number increased much in recent years.
The number of such immigrants had reached a height of 12.2 million in 2007, representing about 4 percent of the
TRUMP, on tweeting a video blaming
THE FACTS: The video he spread around does not tell the truth. It says
Bracamontes entered the
No evidence of leniency by
TRUMP on what
THE FACTS: A day earlier, he said of the migrants: "They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back. I told them, consider it a rifle."
The procession has been largely peaceful. Some migrants in one caravan clashed with Mexican police at the
THE FACTS: Actually, Obama did not do the same thing as a matter of policy.
While it's true the underlying laws were the same, the Trump administration mandated anyone caught crossing the border illegally was to be criminally prosecuted. That policy meant adults were taken to court for criminal proceedings, and their children were separated and sent into the care of the Health and
TRUMP: "At this very moment, large well-organized caravans of migrants are marching towards our southern border. Some people call it an invasion. ...These are tough people in many cases; a lot of young men, strong men and a lot of men that maybe we don't want in our country. ...This isn't an innocent group of people. It's a large number of people that are tough. They have injured, they have attacked." — immigration speech Thursday.
THE FACTS: He's given no evidence that people in the caravans are, by and large, dangerous, hardened criminals — after acknowledging at one point that there is no such proof.
The migrants in the caravans are mostly from
It might be true there are some criminals mixed in with the throngs, given the sheer number of migrants. Trump did not substantiate his claim that members of the MS-13 gang, in particular, are among them.
Some migrants in one of the caravans clashed with Mexican police at the
The caravan otherwise has been overwhelmingly peaceful, receiving applause and donated food from residents of the towns they pass. Mexican police have not tried again to stop them.
TRUMP: "It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don't. ... Well, you can definitely do it with an act of
THE FACTS: Scholars widely pan the idea that Trump could unilaterally change the rules on who is a citizen. It's highly questionable whether an act of
"I feel confident that no competent lawyer would advise him otherwise," he said by email Tuesday. "This is just pre-election politics and misrepresentation and should be sharply criticized as such."
Schuck, of Yale, and colleague
But most scholars on the left and right share the view that it would take a constitutional amendment to deny automatic citizenship to children born in the
TRUMP: "We're the only country in the world where a person comes in, has a baby and the baby is essentially a citizen of
THE FACTS: That's wrong.
More broadly, Trump's view that
THE FACTS: Trump did not earn a majority of votes in the 2016 election. He did win the
Trump won nearly 63 million votes compared with more than 65 million for Democrat
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