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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An ICE spokesman resigned after Trump criticized the Oakland mayor. Here's why

What made the usual conflict between the Trump administration and a liberal mayor more noteworthy is that a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement quit over it.  PolitiFact is unable to independently confirm if hundreds of criminals missed arrest because of the mayor’s tip. But we wanted to look at the administration's claims and the spokesman’s criticism of the talking points.

Fact-checking Broward Sheriff Scott Israel’s 'fact-checks' about Parkland shooting

The Broward Sheriff’s Office pushed back against claims about its handling of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas and how it responded to previous calls about Nikolas Cruz. We fact-checked its fact checks.

Casey Cagle's tweet on Delta, the NRA and tax breaks. Is it legal?

Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle vowed to kill any legislation that would benefit Delta Air Lines if the Atlanta-based company did not backtrack on its decision to end an agreement with the National Rifle Association to remain "neutral" in the national debate over gun control.  Cagle’s statement was a promise of future action and political stance, so we are not rating it on the Truth-O-Meter. But we wanted to look into it after seeing  chatter wondering if it would be legal for Cagle to follow up on his threat.

Donald Trump at CPAC gives misleading impression about immigration, MS-13

Speaking at the conservative CPAC conference in Washington, President Donald Trump took a hard line on immigration and again used the deadly Central American gang MS-13 as an example.

No sanctuary cities in Florida? That’s not as settled as Andrew Gillum claims

The policies of so-called sanctuary cities are among the most controversial in the national immigration debate. But Democratic Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum says there are no such cities in Florida, despite Republican rhetoric. Is that true?

What we know about mass shootings

With each tragedy, we hear arguments about gun violence, mental health, how firearms should be regulated and what’s driving the prevalence of mass shootings. PolitiFact has worked for years to research these topics to explain talking points used by all sides of the debate.

Fact-checking Richard Corcoran and Andrew Gillum's fiery debate on sanctuary cities

The pair’s Feb. 13 debate about sanctuary cities came less than two weeks after Corcoran’s political committee released a TV ad that promotes HB 9, which would ban sanctuary cities in the state of Florida.

In Context: John Kelly’s remarks on ‘lazy’ immigrants and DACA

Here is greater context on White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's remarks on "lazy" immigrants eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

Donald Trump’s misleading claims about immigration in State of the Union address

President Donald Trump in his State of the Union speech focused on hardships he said immigrants impose on Americans, casting them as a threat to national security and economic prosperity. But many of Trump’s Jan. 30 claims were false or misleading.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's 2018 State of the Union speech

PolitiFact is fact-checking President Donald Trump's 2018 State of the Union speech.