Valverde

Miriam Valverde is a staff writer for PolitiFact. Previously, she reported for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, The Bradenton Herald, The Boston Globe and a Boston Spanish-language publication, El Planeta. Miriam graduated from Emerson College with a major in journalism and minor in business studies.

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Recent stories from Miriam Valverde

The facts on mass shootings in the United States

The murder of 26 people at a rural Texas church has raised questions about gun violence, access to weapons, the role of mental illness and the prevalence of mass shootings in America. Here's some research to help you sift through the debate.

Is the diversity visa program a tool for terrorists?

President Donald Trump wants to eliminate the diversity visa program after a terrorist suspect entered the United States through the program. But it’s not clear that the diversity lottery has historically been used as a strategic entry point for terrorists.

Donald Trump declares public health emergency over opioid crisis. Here’s what that means

Background on the U.S. opioid epidemic, overview of the Trump administration’s declaration, and past efforts to fight the national crisis.  

Will a border wall stop drugs from coming into the United States?

President Donald Trump claims his promised border wall with Mexico will stop drugs from coming into the United States and help solve the nation’s drug epidemic.

Hoaxes, fake news about the Las Vegas massacre

The gunfire in Las Vegas had barely stopped before the fake news began coursing through social media.

Estimating costs of refugee resettlement in the United States, assistance in home region

President Donald Trump told the United Nations General Assembly that for the cost of resettling one refugee in the United States, more than 10 could be assisted in their home region. We found the on-the-ground reality of aid to refugees to be so complex that it’s not possible to prove or disprove Trump’s statement.

The big picture: The North Korea situation as Trump heads to the UN

President Donald Trump's administration has strongly condemned North Korea, calling it a global threat and affirming that a military option is not off the table. Ahead of Trump’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly, here’s what you need to know about how the United States has dealt with North Korea in the past and how the Trump administration plans to forge ahead.  

What did Donald Trump mean in his tweet about DACA recipients?

Just a few days after President Donald Trump’s administration announced the end to a program shielding hundreds of thousands of immigrants from deportation, in a tweet Trump said they shouldn’t worry.  Some Twitter users were quick to fault Trump’s words as misleading, because some DACA recipients would need to renew their applications within a month to remain protected. Others read it as a promise that the administration wouldn’t move against DACA recipients for six months.

How do standards measure up at immigration detention centers? A special report

President Donald Trump plans to expand the number of faciliites detaining immigrants waiting for deportation or a resolution of their case.  John Kelly, who has Homeland Security secretary before becoming chief of staff, said standards may need to be lowered in order to contract with more local jails. But immigrant advocates say neglect and abuse already exists at detention facilities and that lowering standards may invite further violations of detention standards.

Fact-checking Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the DACA immigration program

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the end to a program that protected some 800,000 immigrants from deportation, claiming it was created by Obama’s administration as an overreach of executive power and that it circumvented the Constitution.