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U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents work at a processing facility in Brownsville, Texas, on June 18, 2014.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents work at a processing facility in Brownsville, Texas, on June 18, 2014.

PolitiFact and PunditFact fact-check the debate over immigration

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"97 percent of the 100 poorest counties in America are in red states."

"We’ve had about 3,000 murders" in connection with lax border security.

Says Mark Pryor "continues to insist" that Obamacare is "an amazing success."

The Obama administration's policies "have reduced minority dropout rate by 25 percent."

The United States is the leading nation in the world "with the highest amount of doubt about the conventional wisdom of climate change."

"Having an active father makes children 98 percent more likely to graduate from college."

"By some estimates, as few as 2 percent of the 50,000 (Central American) children who have crossed the border illegally this year have been sent home."

The state of New York is the "worst in the nation in economic recovery."

Russia "has an economy the size of Italy."  

"The best evidence is that you lose -- if you use marijuana as a teenager regularly -- eight IQ points."    

A tax plan promoted by North Carolina Senate candidate Thom Tillis will "overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy."

Says a 9-year-old girl was recently raped in Austin, Texas, by a guy previously "caught four times and released."

Governing magazine has "estimated that in the states that don’t expand Medicaid, a minimum, they said of 40 percent of rural hospitals will close in those states..."

Says Common Core is a federal mandate.

U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn "earned as much as $300,000 running a nonprofit that had laid off 90 workers."

Under President Ronald Reagan, illegal immigrants "were not pouring in like" they are now.

"Ninety percent" of people living in Gaza "don’t have access even to water."  

Between June 30 and July 10, CNN interviewed "17 Israeli public officials versus one" Palestinian official.  

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit compared the health care law to buying a pepperoni and ham pizza from Domino's or Pizza Hut.

"There were 36 states where Republicans who were in charge refused to implement a state (health insurance) exchange."

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