Fake News: Donald Trump Did NOT Just Sign Executive Order To Deport 10 Million Illegals Immediately

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  • by: Maarten Schenk

Hyperpartisan website USA Politics Now published an article on May 17th 2017 titled "JUST IN: Donald Trump Signs Executive Order To Deport 10 MILLION Illegals Immediately!". It opens:

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on dealing with illegal immigration, and according to a report from ABC News, this shall entail that every immigrant residing in the U.S. will be subjected to possible deportation.

As far as numbers go, one study conducted by Pew Research in 2014 shows that around 11 million illegal immigrants are located in America at the moment.

"Interior enforcement of our nation's immigration laws is critically important to the national security and public safety of the United States," Trump's order read. "Many aliens who illegally enter the United States and those who overstay or otherwise violate the terms of their visas present a significant threat to national security and public safety. This is particularly so for aliens who engage in criminal conduct in the United States."


Some parts of the article are clearly not true.

  • The "JUST IN" part is definitely stretching the truth, given that the executive order the story appears to be about was released on January 25th 2017, almost four months ago.
  • Same for the "Immediately" part: mass deportations clearly haven't started (yet...) so that one can hardly be called true either.
  • The ABC News report the article refers to seems to be this story from January 2017 titled: "Trump's Order May Mark 11 Million Undocumented Immigrants for Deportation: Experts" (emphasis ours). Going from "may, according to some expperts" to "immediately!" is certainly misleading.

The inaccurate story has started trending on several sites, you can see an example of one site in the Trendolizer graph at the end of this article. If you notice anyone being upset by the inaccurate version of events you can reassure them by sending them here.

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