Trump’s False Claims About Immigrants
February 6, 2018
Trump has repeatedly lied about crime in America to try and push his anti-immigrant agenda. Today is no different, as Trump will hold a White House event to further fearmonger and make more false claims about immigrants.
See the truth here:
Trump falsely conflates MS-13 gang members with undocumented immigrants.
BuzzFeed: “Trump Keeps Trying To Link MS-13 Gang Violence To Immigrants. The Data Show Otherwise.”
Despite Trump’s fearmongering, immigrants committed fewer crimes on average than native-born Americans.
PBS: “Immigration Doesn’t Bring Crime Into U.S., Data Say”
USA Today: “Legal Immigrants Do Not Cause Crime, Records Show”
NBC News: “No Evidence Undocumented Immigrants Commit More Crimes”
Washington Post: “Trump’s repeated statements about immigrants and crime underscore a common public perception that crime is correlated with immigration, especially illegal immigration. But that is a misperception; no solid data support it, and the data that do exist negate it. Trump can defend himself all he wants, but the facts just are not there.”
The Trump administration released a “misleading” report trying to link immigration and terrorism.
Politifact: “Donald Trump’s Team Misleads In Tying International Terrorism Report To Immigration”
Talking Point Memo: “Misleading Trump Admin Report Links Immigration, Terrorism”
The Daily Beast: “Team Trump Bypassed DHS Analysts To Produce Bogus Terror Report
Trump seized on MS-13 to paint Latino immigrants as gang members, even though MS-13 represents less than 1% of the U.S. gang population.
Washington Post’s Cruz: “But in pointing to MS-13 to try to scare Americans into harsh new immigration restrictions, Trump is overstating the danger the gang poses here in the United States. Worse, by using the gang to demonize all Latino immigrants, Trump is building inner-city walls that alienate communities and risk making criminal organizations more powerful, both here and overseas.”
CNN: “Per the FBI’s most recent statistics, the roughly 10,000 MS-13 members are a fraction of the estimated 1.4 million members of US gangs nationally, and made up less than 10% of the arrests in ICE’s gang crackdown announced last week.”