Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said during a meeting with reporters in New York City on Oct. 7 that the Obama administration was allowing undocumented immigrants into the U.S. so that they can vote in the November election.
According to The Washington Post, Trump was joined by Art Del Cueto, the national vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, a union that has endorsed Trump. Del Cueto said:
I spoke to several agents in my sector who are in charge of processing. And the problem that we’re seeing reflected through us as a voice is that some of these individuals that we're apprehended with criminal records, they’re not, they’re checking their records, they're noticing that they have criminal records, but they’re setting them aside because at this point they are saying immigration is so tied up with trying to get the people that are on the waiting list to hurry up and get them their immigration status corrected, make them citizens.
When Trump asked why this was happening, Del Cueto said: "So, they can go ahead and vote before the election."
"Big statement, fellas," Trump told the media, whom he immediately mocked. "I'm sure you’re not going to write it. That's huge. But they’re letting people pour into the country so they can go and vote."
"They want to hurry up and fast-track them so they can go ahead and vote in the election," Del Cueto added.
"And these are the professionals," Trump told the reporters. "You hear a thing like that, and it’s a disgrace. Well, it will be a lot different if I get elected."
Neither Cueto nor Trump provided evidence of their assertions, which would violate U.S. law and protocol.
The newspaper notes that undocumented immigrants cannot vote -- only U.S. citizens can. An immigrant has to be a legal resident for a minimum of at least three to five years, and satisfy other rules, per the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the Border Patrol.
Trump also made news when he insisted on Oct. 6 that the so-called Central Park Five, teen boys of color who were cleared of a 1989 rape by DNA and by the real rapist, are actually guilty.
"They admitted they were guilty," Trump told CNN. "The police doing the original investigation say they were guilty. The fact that that case was settled with so much evidence against them is outrageous. And the woman, so badly injured, will never be the same."
The teens were reportedly coerced into making confessions after two days of straight questioning. None of them admitted that they were guilty of the rape, as Trump claimed, but rather pointed fingers at the others.
They all went to prison, but in 2002 a convicted rapist and murderer confessed, and his DNA matched the crime while the boys' DNA did not. The five youths, now adults, were given a $41 million settlement from New York in 2014 over their wrongful imprisonment.