The news media is spending a lot of time explaining the election and the topic fake news stories and how popular these are. Unfortunately this is nothing new in immigration.
During these critical months of the campaign, 20 top-performing false election stories from hoax sites and hyperpartisan blogs generated 8,711,000 shares, reactions, and comments on Facebook.
Within the same time period, the 20 best-performing election stories from 19 major news websites generated a total of 7,367,000 shares, reactions, and comments on Facebook. (This analysis focused on the top performing link posts for both groups of publishers, and not on total site engagement on Facebook. For details on how we identified and analyzed the content, see the bottom of this post. View our data here.)
Today in various reporting on immigration I have seen news that reports all illegal aliens will be deported and that President Obama will pardon all those on DACA. Neither is true.
How to check if the news is real
- Read the whole story
A lot of fake news stories are just attention grabbing headlines to get you to click on the link. The story inside may explain the headline
- Check USCIS.gov
USCIS.gov is the government’s immigration website. They are good about updating their website with information, about 24 hours after it comes out.
- Check AILA.org
AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association is a dedicated organization that keeps up to date with immigration news.
- Call and ask 3 attorneys
If the news is very important to you take the time to talk to a few attorneys that practice immigration law. This gives you a chance to ask not only if the story is true, but how it affects you. We get these calls regularly, you can call us at 513-791-1673 and if you do not know two other lawyers, you can find them on aila.org.
Unfortunately a lot of people lie about immigration, either for money or to make themselves look important. Even if the misinformation was not done with bad intent, it can still harm you both financially and regarding your immigration status.
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