Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
AP Fact Check: Newsom Wrong on Illegal Border Crossings
gvw_ap_news
By Associated Press
Published 5 years ago on
February 13, 2019

Share

SAN DIEGO — California Gov. Gavin Newsom devoted part of his first State of the State address to attacking President Donald Trump’s positions on illegal immigration, declaring, “This border emergency is nothing more than a manufactured crisis and California will not be part of this political theater.”
His rhetoric in Tuesday’s speech was similar to that of his Democratic predecessor, Gov. Jerry Brown. His nascent record suggests that he wants even greater distance from Trump on one of the president’s signature issues.
In his first budget proposal, Newsom earmarked $25 million to groups that address what he calls “a humanitarian crisis at the state’s border with Mexico,” including $5 million to be made available this year. There has been a sharp increase in Central American asylum-seeking families arriving in San Diego who are quickly released by immigration authorities with a notice to appear in court.
On Monday, the Democratic leader ordered the withdrawal of most of the state’s National Guard troops assigned to Trump’s mission on the Mexican border.
Here’s a look at the veracity of some of Newsom’s claims in his State of the State speech:

Illegal Border Crossings

NEWSOM: “We are currently experiencing the lowest number of (illegal) border crossings since 1971. In California, like our nation, our undocumented population is at the lowest level in more than a decade — some 550,000 fewer in our state alone.”
THE FACTS: He’s wrong about the current low in illegal crossings, based on Border Patrol arrests, the most widely used gauge. While arrests along the Mexican border fell to 303,916 in the 2017 budget year, the lowest since 1971, they jumped 31 percent last year to 396,579. This is still relatively low in historical terms.
Arrests are up even more sharply on the Mexican border in the 2019 budget year, nearly doubling from October through January to 201,497 from 109,543 the same period a year earlier.
Border Patrol arrests in the San Diego sector, which covers California’s western part of the Mexican border, fell to a 49-year low in 2017 but jumped 48 percent last year. Arrests during the first four months of the 2019 budget year soared 69 percent from the same period a year earlier.
Arrests in the El Centro sector, which covers the eastern part of the state’s border, plunged to a 45-year low in 2015 but more than doubled over the next three years. Arrests during the first four months of the 2019 budget year are up 37 percent from the same period a year earlier.

People Illegally Living in US

The governor’s statement about people living in the country illegally — both nationwide and in California — is correct, according to the Pew Research Center. The nationwide number fell to 10.7 million in 2016 from 12.2 million in 2007; California’s dropped to 2.2 million from more than 2.7 million during the same time.

DON'T MISS

A Fresno Edition of Monopoly? That’s Capitalism at Work, Baby!

DON'T MISS

California Officials Sue Huntington Beach Over Voter ID Law Passed at Polls

DON'T MISS

Indiana Fever Receives No. 1 Overall Draft Pick Caitlin Clark

DON'T MISS

Which Fresno Restaurants Are Best? The Pros Picked These Places.

DON'T MISS

Trump’s Historic Hush-Money Trial Gets Underway; 1st Day Ends Without Any Jurors Being Picked

DON'T MISS

Fresno-Madera United Way Launches National Search for New CEO

DON'T MISS

Justice Thomas Misses Supreme Court Session Monday With No Explanation

DON'T MISS

‘Civil War’ Declares Victory at the Box Office, Toppling ‘Godzilla X Kong’

DON'T MISS

Why Tortillas Sold in California May Be Forced to Add a New Ingredient

DON'T MISS

Costco Tries Again at City Council for Big NW Fresno Move

UP NEXT

Justice Thomas Misses Supreme Court Session Monday With No Explanation

UP NEXT

‘Civil War’ Declares Victory at the Box Office, Toppling ‘Godzilla X Kong’

UP NEXT

Scheffler Turns the Masters Into Another Sunday Yawner With a Dominating Win

UP NEXT

Vegas, US Tour and More Signings: Wrexham Has Plenty of Fun and Work Ahead After Latest Promotion

UP NEXT

NBA Play-in Game Preview: West Games on Tuesday, East Games on Wednesday, Eliminations on Friday

UP NEXT

Palestinian Supporters Block Golden Gate Bridge, Chicago’s O’Hare Airport

UP NEXT

Biden’s Embrace of Trump’s Tariffs Could Spell Trouble for His Reelection: Fareed Zakaria

UP NEXT

Ship That Caused Bridge Collapse Had Apparent Electrical Issues While Still Docked, Source Says

UP NEXT

Bureau of Prisons to Close California Women’s Prison Where Inmates Have Been Subjected to Sex Abuse

UP NEXT

How California Legislators Got More Than $1.4 Million in Travel and Gifts in 2023

Which Fresno Restaurants Are Best? The Pros Picked These Places.

2 hours ago

Trump’s Historic Hush-Money Trial Gets Underway; 1st Day Ends Without Any Jurors Being Picked

2 hours ago

Fresno-Madera United Way Launches National Search for New CEO

Local /

3 hours ago

Justice Thomas Misses Supreme Court Session Monday With No Explanation

3 hours ago

‘Civil War’ Declares Victory at the Box Office, Toppling ‘Godzilla X Kong’

3 hours ago

Why Tortillas Sold in California May Be Forced to Add a New Ingredient

4 hours ago

Costco Tries Again at City Council for Big NW Fresno Move

5 hours ago

Scheffler Turns the Masters Into Another Sunday Yawner With a Dominating Win

5 hours ago

Ethiopia’s Lemma Wins, Fresno’s Albertson 7th in Boston Marathon. Kenya’s Obiri Retains Women Title.

5 hours ago

Vegas, US Tour and More Signings: Wrexham Has Plenty of Fun and Work Ahead After Latest Promotion

5 hours ago

A Fresno Edition of Monopoly? That’s Capitalism at Work, Baby!

Alright, cats and kittens, straphang onto your beanies because I’m about to lay a news flash on you that’s so whimsically wild it coul...

15 mins ago

Fresno Monopoly Edition
15 mins ago

A Fresno Edition of Monopoly? That’s Capitalism at Work, Baby!

19 mins ago

California Officials Sue Huntington Beach Over Voter ID Law Passed at Polls

23 mins ago

Indiana Fever Receives No. 1 Overall Draft Pick Caitlin Clark

2 hours ago

Which Fresno Restaurants Are Best? The Pros Picked These Places.

2 hours ago

Trump’s Historic Hush-Money Trial Gets Underway; 1st Day Ends Without Any Jurors Being Picked

Local /
3 hours ago

Fresno-Madera United Way Launches National Search for New CEO

3 hours ago

Justice Thomas Misses Supreme Court Session Monday With No Explanation

3 hours ago

‘Civil War’ Declares Victory at the Box Office, Toppling ‘Godzilla X Kong’

MENU

CONNECT WITH US

Search

Send this to a friend