Are There More People Entering The US Illegally Than Babies Being Born?

Our weekly check-in with the Texas Truth-O-Meter.

By Alexandra HartJune 12, 2019 1:54 pm,

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick claimed last month that there are more people entering the U.S. illegally than babies being born in the country. The claim came during an interview with Fox News host Lou Dobbs.

Is that a fact? Madlin Mekelburg of the Politifact Texas fact-checking team based at the Austin American-Statesman has the answer.

During the interview, Patrick said, “We will have more people enter our country illegally than are born in this country in one year. We’re on pace Lou, to apprehend a million people crossing into this country illegally. Any law enforcement person you talk to, border patrol, local sheriff, state police, they will tell you we catch one out of four or five, that means if we catch a million, Lou, four million others have crossed the border illegally.”

Hear how Patrick’s claim scored in the player above.