MSNBC's Chuck Todd Demolishes Trump's Slanderous Claims About Immigrants and Crime
President Donald Trump scrambled to defend his administration's aggressive and cruel policies toward immigrant families this week, capping off the effort with a press event Friday promoting the false narrative that immigrants are unusually prone to criminality.
But on MSNBC's "Meet the Press," host Chuck Todd threw cold water on those bigoted talking points and showed that the evidence actually supports the opposite view.
"The president is doubling down on his immigration ideology, which is perhaps best summed up by the president's recent comments that we're dealing with an 'infestation' of criminals," he said. "There is evidence from both government statistics and several prominent studies that immigration, both legal and illegal, does not somehow increase crime rates and that the crime rate is actually lower among immigrants, both legal and illegal, than it is among citizens born in the United States."
He continued: "The immigrant population has gone up by more than 100 percent between 1980 and 2016, and yet violent crime in this country went down 36% over that same period. ... And then there's the incarceration rate among native-born Americans, which is nearly double that of illegal immigrants, and five times that of legal immigrants, according to a 2018 study from the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute," he said.
In other words, Trump's claims that immigrants are more likely to commit crimes is just false. His continued insistence otherwise is only more proof that his views are shaped by deeply bigoted attitudes.
Watch the clip below:
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