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Miriam Valverde is a staff writer for PolitiFact. Previously, she reported for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Bradenton Herald, the Boston Globe and a Boston Spanish-language publication, El Planeta. Miriam graduated from Emerson College with a major in journalism and minor in business studies.

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The latest on reunification of families separated at the border, Trump immigration policy

The Trump administration’s process for reuniting immigrant families separated at the border hasn’t been easy. Pressured by a court order, officials have been working overtime to reconnect parents and children separated this summer as a result of the administration’s "zero-tolerance" policy

Fact-checking an immigration meme that's been circulating for more than a decade

A viral image on social media -- one that’s critical of illegal immigration -- has been circulating for years. The list of claims first circulated in the form of a chain email in 2006, according to Snopes.com. Six years later, we checked several of the claims ourselves. With immigration in the headlines today, these claims are popular again. So we’ll take a fresh look at them here.

'Abolish ICE' movement is growing. Is the agency's disbanding likely?

Calls to "abolish ICE" have grown louder as the Trump administration deals with fall-out from its "zero-tolerance" immigration policy, which led to the separation of more than 2,000 children from their parents. As the calls to abolish ICE persist, PolitiFact decided to take a closer look at the agency’s role, what Democrats have said, whether they want "open borders" as President Donald Trump claims, and the likelihood that ICE will be abolished.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's rally in North Dakota

President Donald Trump headed back to the campaign trail on June 27, to promote the candidacy of Rep. Kevin Cramer, the Republican challenger to North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. In his rally in Fargo, N.D., Trump made a number of statements that were inaccurate or misleading. 

As Donald Trump seeks changes to immigration courts, what rights do immigrants here illegally have?

President Donald Trump has denounced the immigration court system and said immigrants arriving illegally should be deported without a court’s review. We wondered about the feasibility and legality of Trump’s vision of simply turning away people at the border, without judges reviewing their claims. Here’s what we found.

Donald Trump's executive order ending his administration's separation of immigrant families

After falsely claiming that immigrant families were being separated at the border because of Democrats and arguing that he was unable to do anything about it, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to keep children and parents together in detention. Here’s an overview of what’s known and what’s uncertain after the executive order.

What you need to know about the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy

The Trump administration has introduced a "zero-tolerance" policy calling for the prosecution of all individuals who illegally enter the United States. This policy has the effect of separating a parent from his or her child when they enter the country together, because the parent is referred for prosecution and the child is placed in the custody of a sponsor, such as a relative or foster home, or held in a shelter. Here’s a closer look at the issue.

What Donald Trump got wrong in his Tennessee rally for Marsha Blackburn

President Donald Trump dropped in Nashville, Tenn., to boost the Senate campaign of Rep. Marsha Blackburn. Trump spent most of the May 29 rally telling stories about the biggest moments of his presidency, rehashing a litany of exaggerations and falsehoods in the process.

Sorting out the facts about nearly 1,500 lost children, Trump family separation policy

The hashtag #WhereAreTheChildren has been trending on Twitter, bringing attention to nearly 1,500 "lost" immigrant children and whether the Trump administration is to blame for it. Readers asked us to clarify what exactly happened with the children and how they got here. Here are the facts.

Donald Trump made 8 misleading claims about immigration on Fox and Friends

President Donald Trump repeated several misleading talking points about immigration during an interview with Fox & Friends’ Brian Kilmeade. We counted at least 8 faulty claims in less than five minutes.