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Donald Trump attacks Ted Cruz by repeating false claims about illegal immigration
The Trump campaign has solid ground to criticize Cruz’s statements about his amendments in 2013 and 2015. We’ve said before that Cruz was being disingenuous then, or he is now, because the two stories don’t jibe. However, the ad’s portrayal of Cruz as “pro-legalization” and “pro-amnesty” lacks a lot of context. This portrayal earns the ad Two Pinocchios.
But Trump’s comments about the undocumented immigrants “pouring in” across the southern border and doing “tremendous damage” to crime rates are worthy of Four Pinocchios. The flow of undocumented immigrants has fallen to the lowest level in at least two decades. Further, Trump continues to draw an unsupported correlation between undocumented Mexican immigrants and a crime wave coming across the southern border.
Overall, the immigration claims in the ad average out to Three Pinocchios.READ MORE