Monday, July 17, 2017

AG Jeff Sessions' Spreading "Alternative Facts" a/k/a Falsehoods About Crime in Sanctuary Cities


Inside Higher Education reports on the blow-back from Attorney General Jeff Sessions'  speech in Las Vegas last week promoting President Donald Trump’s anti-sanctuary city agenda.  

“According to a recent study from the University of California, Riverside, cities with these policies have more violent crime on average than those that don’t,” he said, according to a Department of Justice transcript of the speech.  But the study didn’t said the opposite.

“There wasn’t actually any relationship between the passage of a sanctuary policy and that city’s crime rate,” Benjamin Gonzalez O’Brien, one of the study’s authors, told Inside Higher Ed. “All of the data to date suggests that either there’s no relationship, which is what our study found, or there’s an inverse relationship.”  Gonzalez O’Brien about the findings of the study on The Washington Post’s “Monkey Cage” blog in October. The post was titled, bluntly, “Sanctuary Cities Do Not Experience an Increase in Crime.”


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