Friday, November 2, 2018

Trump Says Immigrants are Criminals. HE LIES

Trump says immigrants, particular those entering the U.S. illegally, are criminals.  Are they?  Once again Trump is telling a total lie.  Here are the facts.

In 2015 the National Academy of Sciences released the results of a study on crime rates by immigrants.  It found that, ”Immigrants are in fact much less likely to commit crime than natives, and the presence of large numbers of immigrants seems to lower crime rates." The study added that, ”this disparity also holds for young men most likely to be undocumented immigrants: Mexican, Salvadoran, and Guatemalan men.”

The libertarian Cato Institute studied the issue.  It found that, ”Illegal immigrants are 44 percent less likely to be incarcerated than natives. Legal immigrants are 69 percent less likely to be incarcerated than natives. Legal and illegal immigrants are underrepresented in the incarcerated population while natives are overrepresented.”

The American Immigration Council found that while 1.6 immigrant males were incarcerated, 3.3 percent of native-born males were in prison.  The Council also found that, “incarceration rates of young, less educated Mexican, Salvadoran and Guatemalan men — which comprise the bulk of the unauthorized population — are "significantly lower" than incarceration rates of native-born young men without a high-school diploma.”  The Council said: “for Mexican men ages 18 to 39, the incarceration rate in 2010 was 2.8 percent, compared to 10.7 percent for native-born men in the same age group.”

Finally, Politifact looked at the period between 1990 and 2013.  It found that, “the foreign-born share of the U.S. population increased from 7.9 percent to 13.1 percent, and the number of unauthorized immigrants went up from 3.5 million to 11.2 million. At the same time, the violent crime rate (murder, rape and aggravated assault) decreased 48 percent and property crime rate fell 41 percent” according to FBI data.  More immigrants resulted in LESS crime, not more.

FACT:  Immigrants, legal or illegal, do not commit crimes any more often than native-born Americans.  In fact, an immigrant from Mexico, Salvador or Guatemala is, if anything, is LESS likely to commit a crime than a person born in the United States.  Trump is trying to fool you.


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