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Sign at U.S.-Mexico Border: Lots of Free Stuff Ahead-Fiction!

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Sign at U.S.-Mexico Border: Lots of Free Stuff Ahead-Fiction!

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Sign at U.S.-Mexico Border: Lots of Free Stuff Ahead-Fiction!


Summary of eRumor:


The Democratic National Committee posted a sign at the U.S.-Mexico Border that reads "lots of free stuff ahead."

The Truth:


There's no sign at the U.S.-Mexico border promising "lots of free stuff ahead." Someone used photo editing software to create the sign, and passed it off as a creation of the Democratic national Committee.
It's not clear where this image came from. But it's been in circulation as far back as 2015. It resurfaced in 2018 as President Trump's proposed border wall continued to be a topic of debate. It's been used by some conservative websites to satirize the more lenient immigration policies of liberals. But it's also been passed off as an actual sign appearing at the souther border by others.
[caption id="attachment_106954" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Photo editing software was used to create this image of a sign supposedly appearing at the southern border.[/caption]
Again, it's not clear who digitally altered the image.However, the original photo of the sign was taken by reporter Molly O'Toole in 2015. Today, it appears in a photo essay at the Latin Dispatch. The real sign appears in San Luis, Arizona. It reads, "Weapons and ammunition illegal in Mexico."
So, this rumor is false. There's no sign at the U.S.-Mexico border promising "lots of free stuff ahead.".


A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Collected on: 05/02/2018

There’s no sign at the U.S.-Mexico border promising “free stuff ahead.” Photo editing software was used to manipulate a photo of an actual sign that appears there.