“New report from DOJ & DHS shows that nearly 3 in 4 individuals convicted of terrorism-related charges are foreign-born. . . . [W]e need to keep America safe, including moving away from a random chain migration and lottery system, to one that is merit-based.” Donald Trump said on Twitter.
Washington Post gave Trump Four Pinocchios for the claim: When he claimed in a speech to Congress in February 2017 that “the vast majority of individuals convicted of terrorism and terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from outside of our country.” Almost a year later, the new report and its 73 percent statistic appeared to back up Trump’s claim — but only where international terrorism is concerned. For some reason, the president did not include that word in his tweets.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Manager Thomas Horman was likewise caught bold to contradict the Twitter-in-Chief at 2017, exposing once more one of Trump’s favorite lies about immigration.
According to CNN reporter Jim Acosta, Homan was asked at an off-camera briefing if immigrants were more likely to commit violent offenses that natural-born taxpayers, an idea that largely aided Donald Trump to get elected. Homan conceded that no, that wasn’t true.
Trump said at the very beginning of his campaign in 2015, “when Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
Fast forward nearly 2 decades later and Trump is still precisely the same untrue rhetoric.
Newsweek points out, Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric has continued since he became president, and he turned some of his words into actions with one of his first executive orders. Titled “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” the order claims that “many aliens who illegally enter the United States…present a significant threat to national security and public safety.” It directed the Department of Homeland Security to publish a weekly “comprehensive list of criminal actions committed by aliens.”
And the numbers/statistics have simply never backed up Trump’s claims:
Census data shows that among men aged between 18 and 39, native-born Americans were anywhere from two to five times more likely to be incarcerated.
One March 2017 study by the Cato Institute reasoned that illegal immigrants had incarceration rates of 0.85. percent, compared to 1.53 percent for native-born Americans.
A study from the Sentencing Project shows, “Research dating back more than a century documents a pattern whereby the foreign-born are involved in crime at significantly lower rates than their peers.”
In summary, I think it’s important to emphasize here that one of the most basic tenets of Trump’s election to the Presidency was just undermined by one of the men charged with leading its implementation. Trump’s cluelessness knows no bounds.
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