‘Over 11 Million Undocumented Folks — The Vast Majority Overstaying Visas’: Breaking Down Joe Biden’s Misleading Immigration Claim

‘Over 11 Million Undocumented Folks — The Vast Majority Overstaying Visas’: Breaking Down Joe Biden’s Misleading Immigration Claim


During Biden’s first address to Congress on April 28, he claimed that of the “over 11 million undocumented folks” living in America, “the vast majority” are “overstaying visas.”

This ad-lib addition to the prepared script was “not totally off base,” according to The Washington Post, while CNN’s fact-checker Daniel Dale described such comments as “his pattern,” indicative of “some issues when he starts ad-libbing number stuff.”

In other words, Joe Biden’s “number stuff” is wrong. Here’s why.

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Southern border apprehensions have been declining since peak in 2000

In 2000, apprehensions of people trying to illegally cross the border between the United States and Mexico peaked at 1.6 million. While the numbers had increased since 1960, with another spike a few decades prior, the number of border apprehensions has declined since 2000, falling to just under 400,000 in recent years.

According to The Washington Post, “The decline is partly because of technology upgrades; tougher penalties in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks; a decline

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