Saturday, March 25, 2017

Blame game: Trump casts immigrants as dangerous criminals, but the evidence shows otherwise


This story in the Washington Post by David Nakamura reiterates what long has been the case -- immigrants are less crime-prone to crime than U.S. citizens.  Nonetheless, President Trump through his immigration executive orders and public statements is attempting to build public support for harsh measures directed at "criminal aliens."  Critics, including civil rights advocates and immigration lawyers, said the Trump administration is purposely inflating the dangers and scapegoating a wide swath of immigrants to manipulate public fears and create more political support for its hard-line policies.

Two reports released this month — by the Sentencing Project and the libertarian Cato Institute — confirmed past studies that immigrants, including those here illegally, commit crimes at lower rates than do native-born Americans.


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