Mr. Trump gave his State of the Union Address on Tuesday night in the U.S. House and although at times, there were moments of bipartisanship, the president’s speech was troubling as usual and fact checking proved Trump’s speech was abundant with exaggerations and even outright lies.
Trump largely exaggerated the effects of immigration on crime and the economy.
He painted a truly skewed picture when he said:
‘Meanwhile, working-class Americans are left to pay the price for mass illegal migration — reduced jobs, lower wages, overburdened schools, hospitals so crowded you can’t get in, increased crime, and a depleted social safety net.’
According to The Washington Post, the opposite is true as workers and the economy both benefit from immigration.
‘The consensus among economic research studies is that the impact of immigration is primarily a net positive for the U.S. economy and to workers overall, especially over the long term. According to a comprehensive 2016 report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on the economic impacts of the U.S. immigration system, studies on the impact of immigration showed “the seemingly paradoxical result that although larger immigration flows may generate higher rates of unemployment in some sectors, overall, the rate of unemployment for native workers declines.”’
One of the largest lies Trump has touted all along is that there is a huge security crisis at the border which is anything but true. In fact, apprehensions of people trying to reach the border have declined since 2000, falling to just under 400,000 in fiscal 2018.
The reason for that decline is due to technology upgrades, tougher penalties in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a decline in migration rates from Mexico and a sharp increase in the number of Border Patrol officers.
There are far more cases of immigrants overstaying their visas than southern border apprehensions. The Department of Homeland Security reported in 2017 that there were 606,926 suspected in-country overstays, which is about twice the number of southern border apprehensions.
The president has painted a huge lie regarding immigration and it is important to call him out on this. The facts do not lie and Mr. Trump has portrayed a false picture of the situation to the American people.
Trump also stated that the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program “hands out green cards without any regard for skill … or the safety of the American people.” This is simply not true. All who are selected are required to have background checks, and there are both education and work experience requirements.
Trump also made a big point of bringing up trade and falsely claimed that:
‘America has also finally turned the page on decades of unfair trade deals.’
The truth is that the trade deficit that he promised to reduce has grown larger during his presidency.
Mr. Trump gloated about and attempted to take credit for the creation of 2.4 million new jobs “since the election.” However, more than a half a million of those jobs were created under then-President Obama.
The president claimed that the U.S. is “restoring our … standing abroad,” although a recent Gallup Poll found “approval of U.S. leadership across 134 countries and areas stands at a new low.”
Once again, FactCheck.Org proves that Trump hugely twisted the facts or just outright lied with regard to some of his statements.
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