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Does Border Patrol catch 90 percent of immigrants crossing the border illegally?

Democratic lawmakers and critics are accusing President Donald Trump of inventing a border crisis to justify a wall. John Sandweg, former acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement under President Barack Obama, said on CNN that the wall is unnecessary, because the Border Patrol already catches most people trying to sneak across the border.

Trump's real border crisis is the overwhelmed asylum system, experts say

President Donald Trump is basing his latest push for border wall money on the premise that the United States is facing a humanitarian crisis and that a wall will solve it. He used a prime-time televised address on Jan. 8 to rally public support for his position. Any deal to reopen the federal government needs to include $5.7 billion for wall funding, he said. Yet, Trump’s address (we fact-checked it) and his description of a humanitarian crisis weren’t that different from claims he’s made before.

Live fact-checking President Donald Trump's immigration address

This story will be updated. President Donald Trump made a televised plea for a border wall with Mexico, claiming that the southern border is a route for drugs and criminals and has led to a national crisis. “Over the years, thousands of Americans have been brutally killed by those who illegally entered our country, and thousands more lives will be lost if we don't act right now,” Trump said.

Explaining Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's 70 percent marginal tax rate idea

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., had barely been sworn in before she attracted widespread attention for floating significantly higher maximum tax rates on CBS’s 60 Minutes. Let’s take a closer look at what she said, and what it could mean. What did she suggest in her interview? Here is what Ocasio-Cortez told 60 Minutes: “You look at our tax rates back in the '60s and when you have a progressive tax rate system, your tax rate, let's say from zero to $75,000, may be 10 percent or 15 percent, etc.

Were migrant children who died very sick before taken into U.S. custody, as Trump claimed?

President Donald Trump defended the federal government’s actions at the U.S.-Mexico border by claiming two migrant children who died in federal custody were already sick before U.S. officials became responsible for them. Two children from Guatemala, ages 7 and 8, died less than three weeks apart while in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The immigration agency said the children were apprehended with their fathers for illegal entry into the United States. In a pair of tweets sent Dec.

Can House Democrats release Donald Trump's tax returns?

As Democrats edge closer to taking control of the U.S. House, many of the party’s supporters are wondering what, if anything, the new House majority can do to obtain and make public President Donald Trump’s tax returns. Breaking with tradition, Trump has consistently refused to release his returns, something that every previous presidential nominee and president had done voluntarily for decades. Critics of the president say his returns could shed light on possible conflicts of interest and irregularities in his holdings.

A response to a recent critique of our fact-check about Citizens United

In a column published Dec. 21, 2018, former Democratic official and Washington Post contributing columnist Ronald A. Klain, criticized a PolitiFact fact-check from Jan. 27, 2010 as having been “wrongly” decided. He was referring to a Mostly False we gave to then-President Barack Obama when he criticized the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in his State of the Union address.

A response to a recent critique of our fact-check about Citizens United

In a column published Dec. 21, 2018, former Democratic official and Washington Post contributing columnist Ronald A. Klain, criticized a PolitiFact fact-check from Jan. 27, 2010 as having been “wrongly” decided. He was referring to a Mostly False we gave to then-President Barack Obama when he criticized the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in his State of the Union address.

PolitiFact's top 10 fact-checks of 2018

Claims we rated Pants-on-Fire ranked high among readers in 2018 –– accounting for four out of the 10 most popular fact-checks. President Donald Trump  was also popular. Readers put four of his claims –– on Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia and Amazon –– on the list. In terms of topics, guns led with three, followed by immigration with two. So with that, here’s PolitiFact count down to the No. 1 fact-check of 2018. No. 10: Trump said, “Only fools, or worse, are saying that our money losing Post Office makes money with Amazon.

PolitiFact's top 10 fact-checks of 2018

Claims we rated Pants-on-Fire ranked high among readers in 2018 –– accounting for four out of the 10 most popular fact-checks. President Donald Trump  was also popular. Readers put four of his claims –– on Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia and Amazon –– on the list. In terms of topics, guns led with three, followed by immigration with two. So with that, here’s PolitiFact count down to the No. 1 fact-check of 2018. No. 10: Trump said, “Only fools, or worse, are saying that our money losing Post Office makes money with Amazon.

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