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The Facts on DACA

Congress is trying to agree on a bipartisan plan on what to do about DACA. We provide an FAQ on the program.

Video: Durbin’s ‘History’ of Distortions

In this week’s fact-checking video, CNN’s Jake Tapper examines efforts by Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue to discredit Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin’s account of President Trump using profanity to disparage African countries at an immigration meeting in the Oval Office.

Durbin’s ‘History’ of Misrepresentations

Two Republican senators suggest Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin’s account of President Trump using profanity to disparage African countries should not be believed because Durbin has a “history” of misrepresenting what was said at White House meetings. But they are not telling the whole story.

Trump’s Mistake on DACA

President Donald Trump mistakenly said that foreign-born residents in the DACA program “could be 40 years old, 41 years old.” In fact, they can be no more than 36 years old, because the program is only open to those born after June 15, 1981. On average, they are 25 years old.

What Did Trump Say at Immigration Meeting?

What exactly did President Donald Trump say at a Jan. 11 White House meeting on immigration? Five members of Congress and the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security have made public statements about the meeting. Here’s what each of them has said so far.

Video: Trump’s Claim on Diversity Visas

In this week’s fact-checking video, CNN’s Jake Tapper reviews President Donald Trump’s bogus claim that other countries are abusing a U.S. immigration program to send the “the worst of the worst.”

The DACA Population Numbers

President Donald Trump said he has “heard” varying numbers on the DACA population — from 650,000 to 3 million. In fact, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said there were 689,800 active DACA recipients as of Sept. 4, 2017.

Cornyn’s ‘Generous’ Immigration Claim

Texas Sen. John Cornyn says the U.S. is “the most generous country in the world when it comes to legal immigration.” It’s true that the U.S. gives permanent legal status and citizenship to more immigrants than other industrialized nations, but it also has the third largest population in the world.

Trump’s Baseless Immigration Claim

Arguing for a merit-based immigration system, President Donald Trump offered a muddled, inaccurate and unsubstantiated critique of a program that annually provides visas by lottery to qualified and screened applicants from countries with low immigration rates.