What The Fact: Illegal Immigration Rates

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Hello and welcome to “What The Fact.” I’m Katie and this is Aaron and we are editors with PolitiFact.

Every week we sort out fact from fiction on the campaign trail and in the White House, and now we have this impeachment inquiry we’re sort of keeping our heads around.

This week we’re going to take a look at a campaign ad. It’s a big one, it’s really the first election ad from Donald Trump, and you might’ve seen it during the World Series if you were watching the Nationals beat those Astros. In the claim and in the ad, Donald Trump makes a number of specific types of statements. One that really caught our attention, a big one, was about illegal immigration. Here’s what it had to say:

“President Trump is changing Washington, cutting illegal immigration in half.”

All right, Katie, let’s just get into this. So Donald Trump, in this ad, claims that he cut illegal immigration in half. The ad cites something from Fox News from September of 2019 if you read that very small type. We’re not going to take their word for it, the ad maker or necessarily Fox News, so we wanted to put this on the Truth-O-Meter. Katie, what did we find?

OK, so Trump isn’t talking about apprehensions before and after he came into office, which I think a lot of people would assume.

No, he’s referring to a three-month period over the summer actually where apprehensions, which is a common way to measure illegal immigration, dropped by about 60%.

Yeah I think it was 62%.

So basically what happens is the government is counting people who are trying to cross the border illegally that they apprehend and either send back or potentially arrest. And in that one three-month window they saw a 62% decrease, but when you talk to experts, they kind of en masse say, “Well that’s not the way to do it. The best way is to either compare it year over year or even going better, looking at from when Donald Trump took office to now.”

Well, the numbers look way different. In fact, if you just compare fiscal year 2019 to fiscal year 2018, actually the number of immigration apprehensions has more than doubled.

And I think so far, President Trump’s annual average is actually higher for apprehensions than in the Obama years. You would not get any of …read more

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