By Salvador Rizzo, The Washington Post
When we see politicians or government officials writing fact checks of their own, we break out our magnifying glass.
Today, we’re inspecting a new “myths vs. facts” document from the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), the arm of the Justice Department that runs the U.S. immigration court system.
The five-page document, released this month, attempts to debunk 18 claims about immigration to the United States.
In some cases, it seems more as though EOIR officials are misusing the fact-checking format to make a point about issues that no one is mischaracterizing. For example, one of the supposed myths is that immigration judges and the attorney general “are prosecutors.” We’re not aware of any group, expert or journalist spreading this notion (and the attorney general is a prosecutor, despite his concurrent role as head of the immigration courts).
In other cases, EOIR officials dispute common claims about immigration with cherry-picked data or questionable information. This is what we focused on, picking out four of the 18 claims.