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.
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.”
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 a bill. And it's called The Open Borders Bill. What's going on? And it's written by – guess who – Dianne Feinstein."
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) October 7, 2018
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.