CNN Senior Political Analyst John Avlon fact-checked several dubious claims made by President Trump during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night.
Avlon began the segment by highlighting an intriguing moment when the president claimed he wanted America to have the “largest numbers ever” for legal immigration, just not illegal immigration.
“So, that middle part, ‘largest numbers ever,’ was an ad lib,” Avlon noted. “And it’s one place where the president probably should have stuck to the script.”
Now, we all know the Trump administration is obsessed with illegal immigration. But behind the scenes it’s also in a quiet war with legal immigration. Trump has blasted what he calls chain migration, whereby family members follow each other legally into the country, despite the fact that the first lady’s family is here on that plan.
Now, Trump’s made it harder to get certain visas. Even simple visitor visas, which have dropped more than 10 percent under Trump according to “Politico.” He’s curtailed visas for same-sex partners of foreign diplomats. He’s dramatically reduced the number of refugees legally seeking asylum in our country and is even trying to deport some Vietnamese war refugees who have been here for decades.
What’s behind all this? Well, former Trump staffer Cliff Sims’ new book, “Team of Vipers,” he quotes senior aide Stephen Miller as saying, quote, I would be happy if not a single refugee foot ever again touched American soil.
So when the president says he wants more people to come into our country in the largest numbers ever, don’t believe the hype.
Avlon also fact-checked the parts in Trump’s speech where he called for his border wall and denounced socialism in America. Avlon found it ironic since Trump will more than likely have to seize private properties to build his wall.
“And then there’s this little irony,” Avlon said. “While the president was blasting socialism, he denounced, quote, government cohesion, domination and control. So it’s worth noting that the president plans to use eminent domain to take land from private citizens to build parts of his border wall. Last time I checked, nothing says socialism quite like seizing private property for a government goal.”
Watch the CNN segment, below:
“When the President says he wants more people to come in to our country in the largest numbers ever, don’t believe the hype,” @JohnAvlon says in today’s #RealityCheck after an unscripted SOTU statement from Trump last night. https://t.co/Wm0lEmdMYy pic.twitter.com/dMsyYLBHDH
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