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PolitiFact: Trump exaggerates MS-13 deportations

  • President Donald Trump listens as Special Agent in Charge Angel Melendez, ICE Homeland Security Investigation, New York City, speaks during a meeting with law enforcement officials on the MS-13 street gang in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Feb. 6. AP



PolitiFact staff
Friday, May 18, 2018

In a spech on May 15, Donald Trump said of MS-13 gang members, “We are getting them out of our country by the thousands.”

Our ruling

Trump said of MS-13 gang members, “We are getting them out of our country by the thousands.”

It’s difficult to determine how many MS-13 members have been deported under Trump’s administration, because immigration officials don’t break down deportation data by gang affiliation.

At least 1,200 MS-13 gang members were arrested from Oct. 1, 2016, through the end of Trump’s first calendar year. The time between an arrest and deportation varies per case, but an expert told us the process is lengthy.

Trump’s statement contains an element of truth but ignores critical facts that would give a different impression.

We rate it Mostly False.

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