Immigration Law

Expert Fact-Checks Trump Immigration Claims

Cornell Law professor and LexisNexis expert author Stephen W. Yale-Loehr is quoted in two recent articles:

1. Mostly False: Donald Trump claim that Beto O'Rourke voted to shield MS-13 members from deportation PolitiFact October 25, 2018

"… Early this year, PolitiFact looked into whether MS-13 members detained in the U.S. were being let go by authorities. To the contrary, Steve Yale-Loehr, who teaches at Cornell Law School, responded that the government by law must detain individuals who have committed certain crimes while going through deportation proceedings. He pointed out provisions in federal code requiring the government to take into custody any individual convicted of a range of offenses including those involving firearms, illegal drugs or aggravated assault.

Yet individuals can seek asylum if they have suffered persecution or fear they will suffer persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

Yale-Loehr said: "If an individual caught along the border claims asylum, he or she will have their claim reviewed by an asylum officer with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. If they can show they have a credible fear, the individual goes through the immigration court process. If they don’t have a credible fear, or if an immigration judge denies their asylum claim," they will be deported, Yale-Loehr said….

2. Fact Check: Trump's Stump Speeches: Immigration By Eugene Kiely and D'Angelo Gore, factcheck.org October 25, 2018 USA Today

"… “The diversity lottery is a true lottery,” Stephen W. Yale-Loehr, who teaches immigration law at Cornell Law School, told us for our previous story. “There is no way a foreign government can game the lottery to offload the worst of their citizenry.”..."