Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump comes to Atlanta on Wednesday, and the AJC Truth-O-Meter will not be far behind.
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Donald Trump on Monday, June 13th, 2016, in a speech:
Says Hillary Clinton “plans to massively increase admissions (of Middle East refugees) … including a 500 percent increase in Syrian refugees coming into our country.”
Clinton has, in fact, said that in response to the refugee crisis she would raise President Barack Obama’s limit of 10,000 to 65,000.
That’s 550 percent more, a bit higher than what Trump said.
But Clinton has also made it clear that they would have to first be vetted by a screening process, an important detail in the context of Trump’s larger point that would-be terrorists have to be kept out of the country.
The statement is mostly accurate but needs clarification or additional information.
We rate it Mostly True.
Donald Trump on Monday, June 13th, 2016, in a speech on terrorism and immigration:
There is “no system to vet” refugees from the Middle East.
While there are concerns about information gaps, a system does exist and has existed since 1980.
It involves multiple federal intelligence and security agencies as well as the United Nations. Refugee vetting typically takes one to two years and includes numerous rounds of security checks.
We rate Trump’s claim False.
Donald Trump on Sunday, June 12th, 2016, in a statement after a terrorist attack in Orlando:
“We admit more than 100,000 lifetime migrants from the Middle East each year.”
A strict definition of the region produces a number closer to 70,000.
But adding in other countries that most Americans would consider to be in the Middle East, such as Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey, brings the number to 100,000 or more. It’s also worth remembering that not all immigrants from these countries are Muslim.
All in all, the statement is accurate but needs clarification.
We rate it Mostly True.
Donald Trump on Tuesday, June 7th, 2016, in a speech after several primaries concluded:
“Crime is rising.”
If you look at overall violent and property crimes — the only categories that would seem inclusive enough to qualify as “crime,” as Trump put it — he is flat wrong.
In fact, crime rates have been falling almost without fail for roughly a quarter-century.
We rate his claim Pants on Fire.
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