Topic: Border Security

Barack Obama
How many of Obama's campaign promises has he kept?
PolitiFact has compiled more than 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the 2008 and 2012 campaigns and is tracking their progress on our Obameter45 percent were kept and 25 percent were compromised.  Check it out.

Rick Perry
Rick Perry leads top elected officials with 10 percent of claims rated Pants on Fire
Outspoken Christian Texas Governor, Rick Perry, has more pants on fire claims than any other top elected official.  Click here to see PolitiFact summary and some of those boldface lies.
Rick Perry Gov Tx
More than 3,000 homicides were committed by "illegal aliens" over the past six years.
For this declaration to hold water, one would have to assume illegal immigrants committed nearly half of the state’s homicides since 2008. His comment is not even supported by the study he says he relied on. These were charges, not convictions over a lifetime.  This claim was repeated by Greg Abbott, TX Attorney General, and gubernatorial candidate.
Rick Perry Gov Tx
Says three Ukrainians recently captured on a West Texas ranch are among "individuals from countries that have strong terrorist ties being apprehended" near the state’s border with Mexico.
These were Ukrainian men.  Perry had location of the ranch and the date wrong. And the Ukraine isn’t considered a country with terrorist ties.  These men are not being considered as terrorists.  Perry is trying to generate support for his expensive border surge, but needs to have his facts right.
Marco Rubio
"There are at least three sectors of the border, one in particular, that are just completely insecure."
Politifact doesn't know how Rubio came up with three sectors, and neither did experts. The Rio Grande in south Texas, is one sector of late with a troubling amount of activity. However, the number of people attempting to cross the border is down considerably everywhere else.
Barack Obama
Five things President Obama wants to discuss with Pope Francis when the pontiff comes to DC.
1. Poor And Marginalized Populations; 2. Environmental Stewardship; 3. Religious Freedom; 4. Economic Opportunity; 5. and Immigration Reform.
Judicial Watch
"ISIS camp a few miles from Texas, Mexican authorities confirm."
U.S., Mexico and Texas officials told Politifact they had no information to validate or corroborate this bombshell.
Ann Coulter
Coulter states "America has already taken in one-fourth of Mexico's entire population."
Coulter, a conservative social and political commentator, based this statement on a study that counted all people of Mexican origin in the US. But Coulter ignored that 65 percent of those were born in America and about a third came from families in which both parents were born in America.  America couldn’t "take them in" because most have been here for generations.
Gavin Mcinnes
Gavin McInnes, co-founder of Vice Media, says "50 percent of murders in Texas have been linked to illegal aliens."
There were 3,384 homicides in Texas for the three years between 2011 and 2013, compared to an estimated 584 murder charges involving undocumented immigrants over a period stretching nearly four years.That’s nowhere near half, despite counting an additional year of murder charges involving undocumented immigrants.
Donald Trump
"Hundreds of thousands of (illegal immigrants are) going to state and federal penitentiaries."
PolitiFact found that in 2013, there were fewer than 100,000 noncitizens -- legal and undocumented -- in federal and state prisons. Though it’s also possible that many of these individuals are held for immigration violations as opposed to other crimes.
Hillary Clinton
Says Jeb Bush "doesn't believe in a path to citizenship. If he did at one time, he no longer does."
At times, Bush has supported a path to citizenship, and at other times he hasn’t. He has said he might support a path to citizenship if it could make it through the political process.
Joe Theismann
Former NFL QB Joe Theismann says, "We don’t have a (military) reserve force if something happens."
Automatic federal cuts as part of sequestration are shrinking the military. Leaders have warned that cuts could reduce the Army’s ability to respond to crises. But the Army Reserve, which Theismann says he was talking about, very much remains in existence and would be available, along with the National Guard, to assist the border patrol or active military in emergencies.
"More than half of all drivers' licences issued in California this year have gone to illegal aliens."
By the state’s own tally, that is correct. First, lawmakers made it possible for over a million unauthorized residents to apply for a license, and then the state spent millions of dollars to speed the application process.
Rick Perry
"I deployed the Texas National Guard" to the Texas-Mexico border. "And the policy worked; apprehensions at the border declined 74 percent."
To be specific, Border Patrol apprehensions in the targeted part of the border region declined more than 70 percent through the second half of 2014. Unproven, however, is why that happened--and Perry’s statement crediting the Texas deployment ignored potentially substantive factors such as the Border Patrol staffing up and Mexico cracking down
Donald Trump
The number of illegal immigrants in the United States is "30 million, it could be 34 million."
The Department of Homeland Security says the number of illegal immigrants was about 11.4 million as of January 2012. Other independent groups that research illegal immigration put the number between 11 and 12 million. PolitiFact found no compelling evidence that the number could be as high as Trump said.
Ben Carson Gop Candidate
Ben Carson is open to using military drones on U.S. soil to secure border.
The retired neurosurgeon and GOP candidate has not clarified whether he'd back lethal force from drones on the border, or how drone strikes could be used without sacrificing innocent lives.
Ben Carson Gop Candidate
Says "56 percent of (the U.S.-Mexico) border is not under our control."
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a 2011 report that 873 miles of the U.S. Mexico border was under "operational control." The other 1,120 miles, or about 56 percent, fell under two classifications "not acceptable for border security." That doesn’t mean there is an utter lack of control, but that the agency’s ability to detect or respond (or both) to crossings was hampered by a lack of resources or infrastructure.
Jeb Bush Fl
"The federal government right now does not deport criminals."
Bush points to reports that many criminal illegal immigrants have been released, and there is evidence that it sometimes happens. But it is an exaggeration to say that none are deported. Last year, ICE deported about 86,000 illegal immigrants convicted of previous crimes.
Donald Trump
Among Syrian refugees, "there aren't that many women, there aren't that many children."
Trump's assessment of the refugee situation is badly mangled and is conflating two different sets of refugees: Those 534,000 reaching Europe by sea, who are mostly men, and the 4 million Syrians in U.N. refugee camps, most of whom are women and children.


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