Has Texas Charged 194,000 Immigrants Living In The US Illegally For Crimes, Since 2011?

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

By Alexandra HartApril 10, 2019 12:36 pm,

State Sen. Paul Bettencourt said, “194,000 criminal aliens booked into Texas jails from 2011-2019 were charged with more than 299,000 criminal offenses.”

Bettencourt’s claim was part of a written resolution passed by the Texas Senate earlier this month, which declared a crisis on the Texas-Mexico border, and supported President Donald Trump’s border-security strategy.

Is Bettencourt’s claim a fact? Madlin Mekelburg of the PolitiFact Texas fact-checking team has the answer.


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


Written by Sara Schleede.