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Noncitizens Get Narrow Access to Polls in San Francisco

Q: Has San Francisco given noncitizens “the right to vote in elections”?

A: Yes, but only in San Francisco school board elections and only for parents, guardians or legal caregivers of children in the city’s schools.

Unaccompanied Minors in Deportation Proceedings

Q: Is it true that a 1-year-old child has never appeared as a defendant in immigration court — until this year?

A: No. Unaccompanied children in the U.S. illegally, including those as young as 1, have previously appeared in court. Some children do not have attorneys.

No Evidence of Tucson ‘Child Sex Camp’

Q: Was a recently discovered encampment in Arizona used as a “child rape camp”?

A: There is no evidence to support that claim. Authorities say their investigation revealed no such criminal activity.

False Story Ties Clintons to Doctor’s Death

Q: Did the late surgeon Dean Lorich expose “Clinton Foundation corruption in Haiti”?

A: No. Lorich co-authored an article criticizing the medical response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, not the Clinton Foundation.

California Bill Wouldn’t Ban the Bible

Q: Is California considering legislation that would ban the Bible?

A: No. Online stories making that claim have misrepresented a bill that would outlaw the advertising and selling of “sexual orientation change efforts.”

Has the Border Wall Begun?

Q: Has President Donald Trump started building the wall between United States and Mexico?

A: Congress approved $1.6 billion to replace existing barriers and add some fencing in new areas. The new barriers are not concrete and not like any of Trump’s wall prototypes.

Gun Control March Not Planned ‘Months’ Ago

Q: Was a permit application for the March for Our Lives rally filed “several months” before the event on March 24?

A: No. A Washington, D.C., police officer erroneously used that language in an email exchange. Officials say the permits were requested in late February. 

David Hogg at School During Parkland Shooting

Q: Was David Hogg at home during the February school shooting in Florida?

A: No. Hogg recorded videos from inside the school during the shooting and a teacher confirmed that he was there at the time. 

ATF Rulings on ‘Bump Stocks’

Q: Did the Obama administration legalize “bump stocks” for semiautomatic rifles?

A: No federal law explicitly addresses “bump stocks.” The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ruled 10 times between 2008 and 2017 that certain models could not be prohibited under existing gun laws.