The Lies of Donald Trump: Immigration

The President is determined to address the claimed crisis of illegal immigration. He signed an unconstitutional executive order, fired the Acting Attorney General who refused to enforce it, and fought the illegal order through the Ninth Circuit. He issued a second executive order kicking out all crime-committing undocumented aliens – traffic tickets count – and asking Congress for 15,000 more Border Patrol officers.

The claim is that undocumented immigrants commit crime, the “rapists and murderers” the President mentioned so many times in his campaign speeches.

But that’s a lie.

In a peer-reviewed study (paywalled), Robert Adelman, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Buffalo, compared immigration rates for a sample of 200 metropolitan area , as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. He then used census data and uniform crime reporting data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1970 to 2010 – a 40-year period. That’s a wide sample in both time and geographic range.

His conclusion? That communities that undergo demographic change driven by immigration patterns do not experience a substantial increases in any of the types of crime that were examined. The opposite was in fact true – in many cases, crime remained either stable, or actually decreased in communities that assimilated many immigrants.

Adelman is quoted as saying he feels it important that public policies be based on facts and evidence, rather than ideologies and unfounded claims that vilify certain segments of the U.S. population, without any facts to support them.

What an idea. Likely it’s anathema to the Trump Administration. But the Trump Administration is revealed as basing its immigration policy on a lie.