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Rick Perry lies and distorts immigration facts

Facts about immigrants and crime from From Anecdotes to Evidence: Setting the Record Straight on Immigrants and Crime, Immigration
Facts about immigrants and crime from From Anecdotes to Evidence: Setting the Record Straight on Immigrants and Crime, Immigration

Here is another reason why Texas Governor Rick Perry doesn’t deserve the light of day in a political future beyond his incumbency. He is unknowledgeable and grossly incompetent. The fact that the Republican Party has failed to clean him from the slate of possible presidential candidates gets to the bottom of the party’s troubles. They have a bad brand and the brand managers are failing to improve it.

Rick Perry lies and distorts about immigration facts and crime
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One opportunity for improvement was when Marco Rubio produced compromise immigration reform legislation that passed the Senate. Reasonable Republicans (oxymoron) would have embraced that to see a legislative victory that would have attracted Latinos to their party on merit of compassion and practicality. That failed.

Now, to the heart of charges that Rick Perry doesn’t know what he is talking about:

  1. He says that the border children refugees is a “side show”.
  2. He says that illegal immigrants pose a major problem as criminals are arriving unabated in a significant number.

Give Rick Perry credit for augmenting the border patrol by activating the National Guard in his state. That is a good use of that resource. Give Rick Perry a failing grade for politicizing the issue with erroneous and hysterical information. He almost had an opportunity to demonstrate that he could cooperate with the administration which would have been to his credit. Then, he blew it.

Here is the truth, presented by Immigration

See the slideshow.

Fact: Immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than the general population.

“There is no doubt that dangerous criminals must be punished, and that immigrants who are dangerous criminals should not be allowed to enter the United States or should be deported if they already are here. But harsh immigration policies are not effective in fighting crime because—as numerous studies over the past 100 years have shown—immigrants are less likely to commit crimes or be behind bars than the native-born, and high rates of immigration are not associated with higher rates of crime. This holds true for both legal immigrants and the undocumented, regardless of their country of origin or level of education.”

The five slides from Immigration illustrate the following points.

  • “Between 1990 and 2010, the foreign-born share of the U.S. population grew from 7.9 percent to 12. 9 percent {Figure 1} and the number of unauthorized immigrants tripled from 3.5 million to 11.2 million {Figure 2}.”
  • “During the same period, FBI data indicates that the violent crime rate declined 45 percent {Figure 3} and the property crime rate fell 42 percent {Figure 4}.”
  • “Nationwide, Immigrants are Five Times Less Likely to be in Prison Than the Native-Born.”
  • The research concludes “The problem of crime in the United States is not caused or even aggravated by immigrants, regardless of their legal status.”

Credit: Immigration

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