Will Hillary flood the country with refugees as Newt says?

Day 3 of the Republican convention in Cleveland is history.

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Newt Gingrich said this:

“Hillary (Clinton) wants to increase the number (of Syrian refugees) by 500 percent.”

Clinton has said she’d like the country to move from 10,000 Syrian refugees under Obama’s plan to 65,000.

That’s an increase that could be as high as 550 percent.

A bit of context here —

Gingrich said the United States cannot screen the additional refugees, but that ignores the average screening process of one to two years.

Still, we rate Gingrich’s overall statement Mostly True.

Gingrich also said this:

“Just 9 percent of Muslims in Pakistan support ISIS. Unfortunately, that 9 percent is 16 million people. And that’s just one country.”

He got the percentage correct.

The survey actually asked if people had a favorable opinion of ISIS, not if they supported it.

Gingrich’s overall point is that large numbers of people who are inclined to respond to ISIS’ message.

We rate this claim Mostly True.

U.S. Senate candidate Daryl Glenn of Colorado said this:

“Neighborhoods have become more violent” under President Barack Obama’s “watch.”

Overall, violent crime trends have been falling almost continuously for roughly a quarter-century.

Glenn has a point that violent crime has increased in some neighborhoods.

The 2015 murder rate rose by 13.2 percent in the nation’s 30 largest cities. Three cities accounting for more than half of the national increase in murders.

We rate this claim Mostly False.

Trump’s running mate Mike Pence said this:

As Indiana governor, he has made “record investments in education.”

Well, yes and no.

In raw dollars, Pence’s statement is accurate.

However, when adjusted for inflation, education spending at its highest point under Pence is still lower than it was in 2010 and 2011.

But only marginally so.

Pence’s statement is partially accurate but leaves out important details.

We rate it Half True.

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