At his rally in Topeka, Kansas, Saturday, President Donald Trump spoke of a bill created by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California. The bill Trump spoke of is called the Open Borders Bill.
"Every single democrat in the US Senate has signed up for open borders and its a billed called The Open Borders Bill and it's written by, guess who, Dianne Feinstein. Remember the leaking, right? The leaking Dianne Feinstein."
"If the democrat's bill ever becomes law, a tidal wave of drugs and crime will pour into our nation like never ever before."
Trump's supporters echoed his statements online to bolster support for Republican candidates leading up to the November midterms.
"Every single democrat in the US Senate has signed up for open borders and its a billed called The Open Borders Bil… https://t.co/etqhEqBNPS— Red Nation Rising (@Red Nation Rising) 1538872086.0
"If the democrat's bill ever becomes law, a tidal wave of drugs and crime will pour into our nation like never ever… https://t.co/OC0gzyjNvs— Red Nation Rising (@Red Nation Rising) 1538872147.0
Trump went on to state:
"Democrats also support deadly sanctuary cities that release violent predators and blood-thirsty killers like MS-13 into our communities."
"Republicans believe our country should be a sanctuary for law-abiding Americans, not criminal aliens. And Republicans stand proudly with the brave men and women of ICE, Border Patrol, and law enforcement."
Watch his remarks here.
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The section where Trump attacks Democrats regarding the nonexistent bill ends at the 42:07 mark on the video.
There is a problem with the President's characterizations of the bill however, namely, that the bill does not actually exist.
Trump just making stuff up: "Every single Democrat in the U.S. Senate has signed up for the open borders - and it's… https://t.co/bNX3MeH2U0— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale) 1538870681.0
A review of the bills currently in committee in the Senate as well as those officially submitted or up for other review or vote yields no records of an "Open Borders Bill" or one that does the things Trump claims his fictitious Feinstein bill would do.
In addition to Twitter amplifying the President's false claims of a Democrat created and fully supported "Open Borders Bill," the Steve Bannon founded Breitbart and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' Infowars jumped on Trump's false claims.
Both featured stories that included the President's rally claims as well as adding a few extra details from the nonexistent bill's contents. Breitbart even made up another nickname for the fictitious Open Borders Bill.
"Trump called out Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) plan for open borders that every Senate Democrat has announced they support."
"Feinstein’s legislation would abolish and end all immigration and border enforcement across the U.S., allowing the 12 to 30 million illegal aliens living in the country and all future illegal aliens to be free to travel back and forth across the hemisphere without enforcement or protections for Americans."
"The plan would also likely ban any and all federal arrests of illegal aliens. The legislation has earned the nickname, the 'Child Trafficking Encouragement Act,' as it allows illegal alien smugglers to freely traffic children into the U.S. without the fear of arrest."
Aside from people who don't fact check or those who believe in conspiracy theories of shadow governments, people did not buy the lies from right wing extremist media or President Trump.
And they let him know.
Beyond Toronto Star Washington bureau chief Daniel Dale, who routinely fact checks the President for his employer...
So it turns out Trump wasn’t just inventing the Open Borders Bill thing himself. Still a lie; there is no Open Bord… https://t.co/E3BYmtrDtT— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale) 1538916209.0
This is in no way a defence of Trump’s claim. I’m just interested in the origins of his lies, and whether they’ve c… https://t.co/efrx4ZaKlb— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale) 1538916258.0
...others on Twitter called out Trump for the lie as well.
FALSE: @realDonaldTrump's claim that Democrats in the Senate signed up for an "open borders bill." There is no such… https://t.co/iyQnio3gQK— PolitiFact (@PolitiFact) 1539013665.0
Perfect example of Trump’s lies: During a speech he claimed Democrats proposed something called the “Open Borders B… https://t.co/TthZvvT6sA— Allen Clifton (@Allen Clifton) 1539009282.0
ICYMI: Trump at a Saturday rally said Democrats sponsored an Open Borders Bill. There is no such bill. It was a total lie.— mike freeman (@mike freeman) 1539002946.0
"Open borders" is two things: A) a thing a few libertarian intellectuals claim they want B) a fantasy made up by na… https://t.co/IHTepALKRe— Noah Smith 🐇 (@Noah Smith 🐇) 1538873897.0
@amvetsupport I saw a clip this AM of Trump lying to a KS crowd about a bill he said Feinstein authored called Open… https://t.co/tgdppx6trQ— Grab em by the Subpoenas ⚖️ (@Grab em by the Subpoenas ⚖️) 1539012197.0
However the President's supporters are repeating misinformation from Trump's speech online as a rallying cry to get people to vote for Republicans in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections. Which was the point of the lie about a nonexistent Democrat sponsored Open Borders Bill.
Donald Trump is pro America, religious freedom, gun ownership, rule of law and US sovereignty. His policies have d… https://t.co/oznXSOzivD— AMERICA IS UNDER SIEGE! 🇺🇸 (@AMERICA IS UNDER SIEGE! 🇺🇸) 1538950805.0
This fall, a Dem vote = a vote for: Impeachment of Trump Pelosi for Speaker Abolishment of ICE Open Borders Sanctu… https://t.co/zI9bfY51mR— John Betts (@John Betts) 1538959516.0
Midterm elections are slated for Tuesday, November 6, 2018.