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Immigrant Bashing During Donald Trump Speech Patently Mendacious

February 28, 2017

Perhaps I just see life differently due to living in a major city that houses a state capitol and a world-respected university.  Perhaps my views are shaped by a diverse and educated population who continually looks outward as opposed to a timid ignorance that holds sway over so much of our country that only serves to stymie progress.   Based on my perspective it is safe to assume I snickered and laughed at many parts of Donald Trump’s address to congress.  It was good theater but not a serious review of our nation.

Part of the reason I laughed at Trump was due to the lack of facts in his presentation.  Other times Trump simply did not tell the truth.  But when it came to his immigrant bashing I simply had to call it like I saw it.  Hatred and white nationalism were on full display.

By finally enforcing our immigration laws we will raise wages, help the unemployed, save billions and billions of dollars and make our communities safer for everyone.”

Whenever I hear words like that I cringe.   I do so because they are NOT TRUE.  Trump exaggerated the impact of illegal immigration on crime, taxpayer money and jobs.  Extensive research shows noncitizens are not more prone to criminality than U.S.-born citizens. The vast majority of unauthorized immigrants are not criminal aliens or aggravated felons.   Trump is just full of horse rot.

When he struck up his usual xenophobic and bigoted language against immigrants I hurled a verbal insult to the television.  Lets just be honest and say it like Trump sees it.  Let us be honest about the shade of his hatred–Trump has a problem with anyone who is brown.  In his speech there was a call for the Department of Homeland Security to create the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement, also know as VOICE.  Patently mendacious!  This smacks of the newspaper that was started in Nazi Germany which listed the Jews who were ‘trouble-makers’.

According to data provided by the Department of Justice, the vast majority of individuals convicted for terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from outside of our country.”

Lets us check the facts.

Last year, the Department of Justice provided a Senate panel with a list of 580 individuals who were convicted of terrorism or terrorism-related offenses between Sept. 11, 2001, and Dec. 31, 2014. While the Justice Department did not provide immigration-related information on those individuals, the Senate panel — led by then Sen. Jeff Sessions, who’s now the U.S. Attorney General — conducted open-source research and determined that at least 380 of those 580 people were born outside the United States.

However, a subsequent review by a Cato Institute analyst concluded that Sessions’ findings were “flawed,” with “two major problems:” “First, you might get the impression that all of those convictions were for terrorist attacks planned on U.S.-soil but only 40, or 6.8 percent, were. Second, 241 of the 580 convictions, or 42 percent, were not even for terrorism offenses. Many of the investigations started based on a terrorism tip like, for instance, the suspect wanting to buy a rocket-propelled grenade launcher. However, the tip turned out to be groundless and the legal saga ended with only a mundane conviction of receiving stolen cereal. According to Sessions’ list, that cereal thief is a terrorist.” In addition, of the 380 foreign-born individuals identified by Sessions’ office, about 24 were admitted to the United States as refugees.

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