From our Just Not the Facts desk
The Morrissey Boulevardiers have nabbed our uncoveted Boo Daily Town award for this item in today’s Capital section.
As numerous fact checkers have pointed out, they’re not “illegal immigrants,” they’re refugees. Here’s Washington Post Fact Checker, Michelle Ye Hee Lee.
Trump is referring to the estimated 1,250 (not “thousands”) refugees and asylum seekers that the United States, under President Barack Obama, agreed to accept from an Australian detention center. Refugees and asylum seekers who arrive illegally by boat in Australia are called “illegal maritime arrivals.” They can apply for two types of temporary visas, and some may qualify to apply for permanent residency.
(To be fair graf goes here)
To be fair, Politifact rated Trump’s tweet Half-True. But we sorta expect more than half truths from the Globe, no?