President Biden’s first 100 days as president fact-checked

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Joe Biden spent his first 100 days as U.S. President focusing on a range of issues the country is facing – from immigration and the economy to Covid and the climate.

On the Wednesday evening before this milestone, the President addressed a joint congressional session.

We have verified some of the claims he made during that speech and his first few months in office.

Joe Biden: “We took over 220 m Covid recordings in 100 days.”

This goal, which was given in his speech to the Congress, is an improvement on previous goals – and has been achieved.

When President Biden took office in January, he promised 100 million doses of vaccine in his first 100 days. At the end of March, he doubled this commitment.

At the time, he said, “I know it’s ambitious – twice as much as our original goal. But no other country in the world has come anywhere near what we’re doing.”

Image rightsReutersImage descriptionMr Biden received his first dose of vaccine in December

The US has delivered so far A total of 235 million vaccine doses according to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Around 16 million of these were given during the Trump administration, which means around 220 million were delivered during Mr Biden’s first 100 days in office.

But the US still lags behind some other countries when they compare the number of bumps made relative to population size.

Israel leads the way in vaccinating its population against the virus, followed by the UK and the US.

Joe Biden: “Over 11 million undocumented people – the vast majority exceed visas”

In his address to Congress, President Biden pointed out that most of the undocumented people living in the United States first entered the country legally with visas, which then expired.

Mr. Biden has recently exposed to criticism an increase in illegal migration across the US’s southern border with Mexico.

Although more people have exceeded visas than have been arrested across the southern border in recent years, overall this is not the case.

Image rightsReutersImage descriptionMigrants entering the United States are stopped by a border guard in Texas

A study by the New York Center for Migration Studies noted that between 2010 and 2017, visa violations “significantly exceeded” border crossings.

However, experts say this is not the trend of the past decades and 2019 (the latest data available) There were 676,422 people who exceeded their visa, compared to 977,509 people arrested at the border.

Joe Biden: An increase in border migration “happens every year … in the winter months”

The number fluctuates widely – however, there is not always a significant increase in the winter months.

At a press conference in March, he said: “During the winter months of January, February and March, the number of people coming to the border increases significantly. This happens every year.”

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection publishes monthly figures on the number of “encounters” on the south-western land border.

In January and February 2021, 78,442 and 100,441 people were encountered – a sharp increase from the numbers for the same two months of the previous year, which were just over 36,000 each.

Since President Biden made the claim, the March count has been released – 172,331, the highest in recent years.

In 2020, the number of encounters on the border fell slightly between January and March.

In 2018 they remained relatively stable.

Joe Biden: “America accounts for less than 15% of global emissions”

This is correct when it comes to carbon emissions – the US produces just under 15% of total global emissions.

President Biden said this during his address to Congress as well as at the recent climate change summit where he encouraged major economies to work together to tackle global warming.

After its rapid economic growth in the last few decades, China has by far the largest number of CO2 emissions.

The US is the next largest emitter, although its carbon emissions have steadily declined in recent years.

In terms of emissions per person, the US produces significantly more CO2 than China and many other rich countries and well above the global average.

It generates the most per capita for a country of its population size.

Joe Biden: It’s sick – to decide to end the voting at five o’clock [in Georgia]when working people are about to leave work ‘

It is not true that the vote has to end at 5 p. M., As President Biden has stated on several occasions.

A controversial new electoral law in the US state of Georgia sparked heated disagreement over its impact on voting. what we checked before.

The law allows counties to set voting hours for early voting or election day between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., as was previously the case.

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It sets at least the number of hours required on election day and says, “Voting starts at 9 am and ends at 5 pm”

This is pretty much unchanged because “during normal business hours” was the minimum requirement under the old law, widely interpreted as 9 am-5pm.

The new law is also more explicit for early voting: minimum voting hours until 5:00 p.m. are the standard position, but the flexibility to end at 7:00 p.m.

Critics have described the new language as more restrictive.

Joe Biden: “As you know, the fastest growing population in the US is of Hispanic descent.”

That is not right. Hispanic Americans are the second fastest growing population in the past two decades, after Asian Americans.

President Biden made this claim when he addressed the Mexican President in March.

The Asian-American population grew 81% from about 10.5 million to nearly 19 million between 2000 and 2019. according to analysis by the Pew Research Center of the latest US census data.

The Hispanic American population grew 70% to over 60 million over the same period.

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