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PolitiFact is an independent fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims made by public officials. We launched in 2007, and won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for our analysis of the presidential election.

As you probably know, much of the talk among the presidential candidates is focusing on U.S. immigration policy. But the truth – on questions of border security, refugees, deportations, funding and policy –is often unclear.

That’s where we come in.

By our count, we’ve fact-checked 520 statements about immigration –including claims from Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, President Barack Obama and Rachel Maddow

We want to do more. We want to expand our resources and grow our staff to analyze statements made about immigration ahead of the 2016 election.

The PolitiFact way.

PolitiFact helps readers and voters understand who’s telling the truth and who is not.

The heart of our fact-checking comes from our unique Truth-O-Meter rating system. Our reports alert readers when someone makes a less than accurate statement with ratings of Half True, Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire. On the more positive end of the spectrum — True and Mostly True — we explain tricky issues of public policy in ways that are illuminating and easy to digest.

Every fact-check includes a list of all our sources, and all our reporting is on the record.

We’ve published nearly 12,000 fact-checks in eight years and launched affiliates in 17 different states. We partner with NBC News, the Daily Beast and Scripps television stations to help spread our message.

We invite you to read more about our process and background here.

What your pledge creates.

Our work is not easy. A typical fact-check takes 1-2 days to complete. That’s why adding an extra fact-checker to focus on the immigration debate is so critical.

When you pledge, you’re joining a community of people who care about holding public officials accountable. We’ll send you our fact-checks directly, and you’ll be able to claim other perks – like backers-only phone calls with PolitiFact editors and a behind-the-scenes look at how we rate immigration statements.

If we can raise $15,000 from 1,000 backers, we can better spread the truth and uncover falsities in the immigration debate. It’s as simple as that. Can you help?

Together, let’s hold politicians accountable.

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You guys do great work most of the time, but I also find that some statements are fact checked almost exclusively on the literal accuracy of the statement, sans contextual accuracy. This has been especially true of some of the harsh fact checks of Bernie Sanders, where I disagreed thoroughly with some of the dismissive analysis that seemed less based in holding politicians accountable. Thanks anyways for all that you do, I hope this helps.

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We’ve hired our immigration fact-checker!

July 7 at 5:40 pm

Good news PolitiFact supporters! We’ve hired our immigration fact-checker using your donations. Miriam Valverde started with us last week, and as one of her first assignments, we asked her to introduce yourself to you.

Miriam is hitting the ground running taking a look at the immigration proposals of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and we expect that you’ll start seeing her work on PolitiFact soon.




My name is Miriam Valverde and I’m grateful for the opportunity to join PolitiFact to fact-check immigration claims made this presidential election season.

I’m also grateful for your support to make funding this position possible. I hope to make the most of it.

Immigration is one of the most controversial issues being discussed this election cycle — including ways to improve border security, who should be allowed into the country and comprehensive immigration reform. Much is at stake. It’s a topic that affects millions of Americans and those who seek inclusion into the American way of life.

To sway voters, candidates are touring the nation espousing their views on immigration and outlining plans to deal with this matter. It would be to the public’s disadvantage not to call out candidates who are spreading falsehoods about a topic that impacts their daily lives. By the same token, it’s important to corroborate statements that can help advance the immigration debate.

A well-informed citizenry is most likely to cast a vote with confidence, a vote that will impact generations to come. That’s a top reason why I wanted to join PolitiFact, because I believe it’s crucial to help our community go to the polls knowing all the facts, informed about the accurate and inaccurate things candidates have said to gain their support. No matter who the public votes for, it’s important that they do so proudly and without deception.

I’m excited to be part of a team committed to spotlighting the truth. I hope to deliver timely and useful fact-checks that will provide a better understand of the candidates, their goals and proposals. I’d like to concisely shed light on the complexity of immigration policies as well as characteristics of the immigrant population. I’d like to find the truth in what presidential candidates are saying about loopholes, data and trends in immigration.

Immigration is part of American history and something that continues to shape the nation. It’s an issue that has economic, social, academic and cultural implications. I’ve experienced it first hand.

I’m originally from Nicaragua but grew up in Miami, surrounded by people from all over Latin America and the world. This upbringing allowed me to learn from others different traditions, cultures, idioms and values. Yet, I also noticed commonalities shared by all: challenges adjusting to a new country and a strong desire to prosper and build better lives.

I’ve reported on immigration, politics and business for publications in Massachusetts and Florida and am happy to now be part of the PolitiFact team.

Thank you for the opportunity to help dig the truth in immigration, a pressing topic that affects all.

If you have an idea for a fact-check, or are curious about a particular claim or statistic, email me at immigration@politifact.com I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks to you, PolitiFact is hiring

April 20 at 3:39 pm

Thanks to your contributions, we’re able to officially say we’re hiring!

Help spread the word, or consider applying yourself.

We’re hiring a fact-checker to focus on immigration issues for the rest of the 2016 campaign. We’re looking for someone who has political or policy reporting experience, loves research and isn’t afraid to call a claim True, False or Pants on Fire, based on what they find.

If you’ve reported on immigration and have a deep source list, that’s a plus, as is the ability to speak Spanish.

This position is funded thanks to reader support and runs through the November elections. You can work from anywhere, though we’d happily welcome you to our offices in either Washington, D.C., or St. Petersburg, Fla.

PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. PolitiFact is run by editors and reporters from the Tampa Bay Times, an independent newspaper in Florida, as is PunditFact, a site devoted to fact-checking pundits. The PolitiFact state sites are run by news organizations that have partnered with the Times. The state sites and PunditFact follow the same principles as the national site.

If you’re interested in this six-month contract position, send along five clips you think we should read, a letter stating why you’d be a good fit for the job and your resume to holan@politifact.com. Deadline is May 1.

What happens next!

April 6 at 2:53 pm

Hello PolitiFact supporters,

I wanted to send you a note explaining what happens next. The fundraising campaign expires at 11 a.m. ET April 10. At that point, Beacon Reader will charge your credit cards. 

After that, we’ll be reaching out to you — based on the reward you selected — looking for some information. In some cases we’ll be asking for your mailing address. For other donors, we’ll need to get your shirt size so we can order your polo shirts.

At the same time, we’ll start the process of trying to find an immigration fact-checker for the rest of 2016. Our hope is to have a person in place and working by June. We’ll keep you updated on that progress. We also would welcome any suggestions or resumes for potential candidates. You can email them to me directly at asharockman@politifact.com with the subject line IMMIGRATION FACT-CHECKER.

We ask you to be a bit patient as we fulfill your rewards. We’re a staff of 9 and we have plenty of fact-checking to do, so it might take a bit. But we won’t forget about you.

And lastly, you still have four days to share this campaign and see if we can raise any additional funds. Every $1 will go back into our journalism.

We’re forever grateful and can’t wait to get a new staff member on board.



Aaron Sharockman
PolitiFact Executive Director

One goal (almost) down, one goal to go!

March 17 at 1:15 pm

We have been so amazed by your response to this campaign. In 20 days, we’ve raised nearly $14,600 … which puts us just $400 short of our money goal with 24 days to go.

That’s great news.

But we’re not done yet. To receive $15,000 in Beacon matching funds, we not only need to raise $15,000, we need to have 1,000 backers.

So we still need your help. Every $1 contribution will help get us toward our goal of adding a full-time immigration fact-checker for the 2016 campaign.

If you have any questions, email me directly at asharockman@politifact.com.

All the best,

Aaron Sharockman
PolitiFact Executive Director 

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PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. PolitiFact is run by editors and reporters from the Tampa Bay Times, an independent newspaper in Florida, as is PunditFact, a site devoted to fact-checking pundits.

PolitiFact staffers research statements and rate their accuracy on the Truth-O-Meter, from True to False. The most ridiculous falsehoods get the lowest rating, Pants on Fire.

PolitiFact won the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 2008 presidential election.

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