07/09/2013 11:21 am ET

Top Five Untruths Of The Immigration Debate


From fence opt-out clauses to free phones for immigrants, PolitiFact has tracked the rhetoric of the immigration debate — and heard plenty of falsehoods.

With a bill now heading to the House, we decided to recap PolitiFact’s top five falsehoods in the immigration debate.

1986 amnesty assured Obama’s re-election? A popular line of attack for the Senate bill is that it’ll be 1986 all over again — amnesty for illegal immigrants, without enforcement to prevent a new wave of people crossing the southwestern border. U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, went a step further, claiming President Ronald Reagan shaped the nation’s electoral future.

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