PolitiFact fact-checks the first day of the GOP convention

The first day of the GOP convention in Cleveland is over.

But the non-partisan fact-checkers at PolitiFact are still on the job, trying to parse political truth from fiction.

Want to see how they fared? Abbreviated versions of our fact checks are below.

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Alabama U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions said this:

”We have the lowest percentage of Americans actually holding a job in 40 years.”

Sessions has a point. Using a related statistic, he’s on target.

And the larger issue he’s addressing — declining rates of work in the population — is something economists worry about.

A bit of missing context here — some of this has to do with the graying of America.

We rate his statement Mostly True.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said this:

“Hillary Clinton is for open borders.”

Clinton supported a 2013 bill that would have invested billions in border security in addition to a path to citizenship.

As a presidential candidate she has called for securing the border and targeting deportation to criminals and those who pose security threats.

Her plan would make it easier for many undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation.

That’s not the same as allowing a free-for-all at the border and ending enforcement.

We rate this claim False.

Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. said this:

President Barack Obama is “absolutely” a Muslim.

Obama’s father, whom he rarely saw, was a Muslim

Obama was not raised in any particular faith.

He became a Christian when he was in his 20s while working as a community organizer in Chicago.

We rate sabot’s claim Pants on Fire.

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