FACT CHECK: Was NBC News able to publish a story about a farmer impersonating Joe Biden

An shared by Facebook purportedly displays a screenshot from a NBC News article that shows a Texas farmer being arrested for posing as President Joe Biden, and threatening deportation of illegal immigrants.

Verdict: False

The image is digitally fabricated. It is not possible to prove that NBC News has published this article.

Fact Check:

U.S. farmers are facing challenges with producing wheat amid the war with Ukraine due to rising fertilizer costs and supply disruptions, according to USA Today. Extreme weather events, including floods and drought, are also impacting farmers’ ability to grow crops.

An image posted on Facebook claims that NBC News published a story on a farmer’s efforts to grow his crop. The headline of the article claims that a Texas farmer was arrested for using illegal immigrant labor to get free work. He pretended to be Joe Biden, and threatened to deport them. (RELATED FACT CHECK – Does this video show illegal immigrants being dropped off in Florida? ) The post has been digitally created. No such article could be found on NBC News’ website or its verified social media accounts. Check Your Fact also found no news reporting about any Texas farmers being detained for impersonating Biden in order to fool immigrants.

A reverse image search reveals the photo of the alleged Texas farmer featured in the post is Kevin Dalton, a 75-year-old actor who impersonates Biden, according to the Daily Mail.

While there is no evidence any Biden impersonator was arrested, NBC News did a report on a federal investigation in December 2021 that led to the indictments of two dozen people for smuggling migrants into the U.S. and forcing them to work on farms. Authorities said the criminal operation was akin to “modern-day slavery,” the outlet reported.

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Check Your Fact reached out to NBC News and received a comment. We will update this article if we receive one.

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