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Fact-checking the GOP debate in Texas

Trailing in the polls, Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz took turns hammering at billionaire Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump at the CNN debate in Houston.

Rubio repeatedly brought up the downsides of Trump’s business record: starting a "fake university," declaring bankruptcy four times and employing undocumented immigrants to work on Trump projects.

"He hired workers from Poland, and he had to pay a million dollars or so in a judgment," Rubio said. "That’s a fact. People can look it up. I’m sure people are Googling it right now, ‘Trump Polish workers.’ You’ll see $1 million for hiring illegal workers on one of his projects. He did."

We Googled "Trump Polish workers" and found Rubio’s claim to be Half True.

In 1980, Trump’s contractor — not Trump himself — hired 200 undocumented Polish workers to demolish a building to make room for Trump Tower in Manhattan. Trump said he didn’t know.

The lawsuit sought $1 million in damages, and a judge ruled that Trump had to pay $325,000. But the case was appealed and before it was retried, Trump settled out of court. So it’s unclear how much he ended up paying.

Keep reading from PolitiFact (fact-checks written by Joshua Gillin, Jon Greenberg and Linda Qiu).

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