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  by  Jeremy Beck

The Associated Press has a useful but flawed fact check of Donald Trump's immigration speech in Arizona last night. Here are four areas where the AP's fact checks or clarifications could use some of their own:

Associated Press: "Trump actually praised President Barack Obama in the past for deporting an unprecedented number of people during his first term, a record that does not square with an accusation of supporting an 'open' border."

Fact Check: Trump is guilty of rhetorical hypocrisy. Obama is not guilty of "deporting an unprecedented number of people during his first term". The deportation numbers under Obama are not comparable to past administrations. This has been confirmed by President Obama (audio here), Secretary Johnson, former Secretary Napolitano, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Fusion, and Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies among others.

Associated Press: "Both Obama and Clinton support a more lenient policy than Trump has proposed, but what they lay out is not an open border."Clinton has promised to extend Obama's actions that would let people brought to the country illegally as children remain in the country, as well as to let some parents of U.S. citizens stay. Both seek legislation that would allow most of the estimated 11 million immigrants in the country illegally to stay if they pass a background check, learn English and pay taxes. However, those who fail the background check or commit crimes would be deported."

Fact Check: Clinton has supported immigration enforcement in the past but during the primary she promised to limit deportations to 'violent criminals, terrorists, and anyone who threatens our safety.' Immigration violations alone would not result in a deportation. PolitiFact notes that even people convicted of "minor crimes" would not be subject to deportation under Clinton.

Discerning readers can determine for themselves if that is "open borders" or not.

Associated Press: "People in the country illegally do not have the right to work, vote or receive most government benefits. A modest number have been exempted from deportation because of an Obama administration action but most live under the risk of being removed from the country."

Fact Check: According to the Migration Policy Institute and the New York Times, only 13 percent of people in the U.S. illegally are subject to deportation under the Priority Enforcement Program. DACA alone covers up to 1.7 million people, more than the 1.4 million who are enforcement priorities under the Obama administration.

Associated Press: "The sweeping and bipartisan immigration bill that passed the Senate in 2013 was derided by opponents as amnesty, but supporters including GOP Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida disputed that, noting numerous requirements imposed on immigrants in the country illegally along a 13-year path to citizenship, including paying penalties."

Fact Check: The Gang-Of-Eight bill offered a zero-year path to "provisional" legal status and work permits. The bill did lay-out a 13-year path to citizenship as well as a 5-year path and a 10-year path.

JEREMY BECK is the Director of the Media Standards Project for NumbersUSA

Updated: Wed, Nov 2nd 2016 @ 9:05am EDT

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