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Miriam Valverde is a contributing 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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Trump rests national emergency declaration on border ‘invasion.’ Here are the facts

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in order to move forward with his campaign promise of building a border wall with Mexico. Trump said he expected to be sued over his declaration, even though declarations are often signed. National emergency declarations are signed relatively frequently by presidents, but Trump downplays the political implications of his move and the fact that many immigration experts and lawmakers question the existence of the crisis Trump says justifies his declaration.

Fact-checking President Donald Trump’s claims about a national emergency

President Donald Trump announced his plan to declare a national emergency at the southwest border to secure funds for his border wall. Many aspects of his argument were misleading or wrong.

Donald Trump vs. Beto O’Rourke on immigration messaging

President Donald Trump and former congressman Beto O’Rourke described the impact of immigrants and border walls in such starkly different terms that it sounded as if they were on different worlds. Yet they were rallying their supporters less than a mile away from each other. Here’s a rundown of what they said, in context.

Fact-checking the State of the Union for 2019

PolitiFact is fact-checking the State of the Union on Feb. 5, 2019. 

Fact-checking Michael Bennet’s speech about the government shutdown

When it became Sen. Michael Bennet's turn to speak on the Senate floor about the record-long government shutdown, the Colorado Democrat said he had had enough of criticism from Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. Bennet made several pointed claims about Cruz and his voting record, the deficit, China’s accomplishments in space, and the dim view most Americans have of Congress. Here's a fact-checked recap of Bennet's claims.

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s false and misleading claims about immigration, the border wall

President Donald Trump's arguments for a border wall at the U.S.-Mexico border generally center on two themes: the dangers and costs of immigrants. Often the facts behind those claims are either inaccurate or unsubstantiated. Here’s a rundown of Trump’s repeated mischaracterizations of immigration issues.

The Republican proposal to change the U.S. asylum system, explained

A proposal from Senate Republicans to end the partial government shutdown includes not only the $5.7 billion President Donald Trump seeks for a border barrier with Mexico, but also landmark changes to the U.S. asylum system. Here’s what the proposal entails and how it would impact future asylum seekers.

Could Donald Trump declare a national emergency for a border wall? Here's what we know

Here are the answers to questions you may have about President Donald Trump’s ability to declare a national emergency over the border wall, what it means for the shutdown, border wall construction, and what precedent it sets for future presidents.

Trump's real border crisis is the overwhelmed asylum system, experts say

Immigration policy experts told PolitiFact that Trump’s address included elements of truth, but it didn’t get at the heart of what they said is the actual crisis: the asylum system. Thousands of desperate people are coming to the United States because they’re fleeing violence and poverty in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

Live fact-checking President Donald Trump's immigration address

PolitiFact is fact-checking President Donald Trump's immigration address.