Fact-check: Chip Roy border claim cites correct data but omits important details

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By Maria Ramirez Uribe, PolitiFactFebruary 8, 2023 9:58 am,

From PolitiFact:

In an effort to limit southwest border crossings, U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, proposed a bill that would require authorities to deny U.S. entry to migrants seeking asylum as long as the U.S. doesn’t have space to detain them.

Roy bashed President Joe Biden’s handling of border crossings, saying most people encountered by border authorities have settled in the United States.

“Under Biden, we have seen over 4.6 MILLION encounters at our southern border. Most have been released into the interior and will stay here indefinitely,” Roy said in a Jan. 23 Twitter thread. “This is no accident. Biden has shown the world that our borders are open and vulnerable to exploitation.”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection data shows Roy is close on the encounters figure. But his claim that most people are staying here indefinitely is unsupported.

Roy’s office did not respond to our request for evidence supporting his claim.

CBP did not comment on the record, and the Department of Homeland Security did not respond to our query. …

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