We Checked Trump’s Claim That Hillary Has Helped Deport Millions. Here’s What We Found
The third and final debate featured several topics of national interest. Chief among them was the topic of immigration.
During the segment, many fingers were pointed about how either candidate has failed to handle the subject of immigration, but one moment stood out. Donald Trump stated, “Hillary Clinton wanted the wall. Hillary Clinton fought for the wall in 2006 or thereabouts.” Then added, “Now, she never gets anything done, so naturally the wall wasn’t built. But Hillary Clinton wanted the wall.” While Trump has been known to make wild accusations that are often untrue or misleading, this claim was enough to get us digging. And it turns out Trump was right, mostly. Let’s break down some of his claims from last nights immigration segment.
“Hillary Clinton wanted the wall. Hillary Clinton fought for the wall in 2006 or thereabouts.”
In 2006, Hillary Clinton, as well as Barack Obama, voted in favor of George W. Bush’s Secure Fence Act. Notably, Bernie Sanders voted against the act, and both Clinton and Obama distanced themselves from it when the 2008 elections came around. When pressed on the issue by CNN’s John King, Clinton tried to clarify that she believed that a border barrier would work in certain areas, though did not elaborate. This distancing from the Secure Fence Act she supported was clearly an attempt to soften her image with Mexican and Latino voters, who she was trying to woo from Barack Obama in 2008.
“Now, she never gets anything done, so naturally the wall wasn’t built. But Hillary Clinton wanted the wall.”
When the Secure Fence Act was signed into law, it stagnated for several years thanks to underfunding. Of the 700 miles of wall the law planned to construct, only 649 miles were completed, leading Obama to claim in 2011 that the border fence was “now basically complete.” Trump’s argument here is true, but misleading. The wall was built, though it was a bureaucratic headache, and many Republicans have argued that the finished product didn’t match what the Secure Fence Act set out to accomplish. Barack Obama even suggested that Republicans will never be happy with the wall, saying, “They’ll want want a higher fence. Maybe they’ll need a moat. Maybe they want alligators in the moat. They’ll never be satisfied. And I understand that. That’s politics.”
“President Obama has moved millions of people out. Nobody knows about it. Nobody talks about it. But under Obama, millions of people have been moved out of this country – they’ve been deported.”
Trump is implying that despite how she presents herself, Hillary Clinton is no friend of immigrants, and that her record under Obama proves as much. Trump’s claim is true. Since Obama has been president, roughly 2.5 million people have been deported, and in 2014, a record setting 409,000 people were sent packing. However, unlike Trump’s claim, people ARE talking about it, as the above clip demonstrates. In an interview with Fusion, Jorge Ramos brought up President Obama’s record setting deportations, and Ramos went so far as to refer to Obama as “Deporter in Chief” to his face. What’s alarming in this, is that even though the numbers of deportations under Obama are staggeringly high, they’re still not good enough for Trump, who has something even bigger planned should he become president.
If you haven’t seen it, watch the immigration segment from last night.
The immigration debate begins at 49:30 in this video.
Like any debate, there were highs and lows and several WTF moments. But the most important message came at the end:
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