A story in heavy circulation on social media this week claims that Sarah Palin stated that illegal immigrants should be sent “across the ocean” back to Mexico. That story is satire.
The story making the rounds was published by The Daily Currant, a humorous website which often pokes fun at political figures and other well known celebrities.
In the article entitled, “Sarah Palin: Send Immigrants ‘Back Across Ocean’ to Mexico” which was published on November 20, 2014, we read that Palin uttered the words during an interview on Fox News. It is likely that this story was inspired by a real gaffe that Palin spoke in 2008.
Although there has been a slew of recent fake news and bad satire websites which have appeared on the landscape over the past year, The Daily Currant has existed for years and is generally considered to be a more respected form of satire, along with The Onion.
In its “About” section, The Daily Currant notes that “our stories are purely fictional.”
The former Alaska governor and VP candidate has been a favorite target of political satire writers, particularly after a series of gaffes during her 2008 campaign. At a fundraiser in San Francisco in 2008, Palin referred to Afghanistan as “our neighboring country.”
Sarah Palin did not state that illegal immigrants from Mexico should be sent “across the ocean.” That story was published by the satire website The Daily Currant. Palin has been known to misspeak regarding geography on occasion, including a 2008 reference to Afghanistan a “our neighboring country.”