President Barack Obama will defend his record on immigration at a town hall at Florida International University today.
The event starts at 3 p.m. and it will air at 7 p.m. on Telemundo and at 8 p.m. on MSNBC.
PolitiFact has fact-checked several claims related to Obama and immigration. Here are a few examples:
A few days before he announced his executive action in November, Obama was asked why he suddenly felt he could use executive action to address immigration issues. Obama said, "My position hasn’t changed." But it had.
Obama spoke several times in recent years about what actions he was able to undertake on immigration. At one point he said, "I am president, I am not king." Later he stated, "I’m not the emperor of the United States."
He may be neither of those things, but he did take sweeping action on immigration in the face of opposition from the Republican-controlled House. So we rated his claim that he hadn’t changed position False.
We also fact-checked Obama’s claim that “the number of people trying to cross our border illegally is at its lowest level since the 1970s.”
In 2013, about 420,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended at the border. The last time it was lower than that was 1972. However, in the 1970s, it was easier for people to make multiple attempts or excursions illegally across the border, undermining the quality of the historical comparison. We rated this claim Half True.
We also checked the claim by José Díaz-Balart, a host of today’s event in Miami and a Telemundo news anchor and MSNBC host.
"Every single day in this country, 1,000 people are deported and the vast majority of those people that are deported aren't criminals."
In 2013, an average of 1,200 people per day were formally removed from the country. But non-criminal removals only slightly outnumbered the removals of those with criminal charges. We rated his claim Half True.
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