29 June 2018

Donald Trump’s cruel immigration politics is a scam

His entire approach is based on big lies.

  • Statistically speaking, states with a larger influx of unauthorized immigrants have slightly less violent crime, not more.
  • A similar methodology suggests unauthorized immigration is associated with significant reductions in nonviolent crime.
  • A study looking at metro areas and overall immigration, both legal and illegal, likewise found that immigration is associated with lower crime.
  • That places with more immigrants have lower crime rates is perhaps not so surprising because immigrants commit fewer crimes than native-born Americans.
  • Unauthorized immigrants, meanwhile, obviously do commit immigration-related crimes, but a detailed study of Texas incarceration records show they commit violent crimes at a lower rate than the native population.

Matthew Yglesias