By Kimberly Lopez
“It could be 30 Million.”
“They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
“The Mexican government is forcing their most unwanted people in the United States. They are, in many cases, criminals, drug dealers, rapists, etc.”
These are all statements given by the United States of America’s current president.
All of them are false, or as some people like to call them “alternative facts.”
If you’re new to this blog, it should be noted that I get quite defensive when people talk badly about undocumented immigrants.
(NOTE: It’s undocumented immigrants … not illegal immigrants – another topic for another blog)
Therefore, when someone who is running this country generalizes ideas about the people I grew up with, I would hope he did some research to back up his “facts.”
I did a bit of research myself and can say … Mr. President missed some numbers.
For starters, there aren’t 30 Million undocumented immigrants. There are 11 million undocumented immigrants. And not all of them are Mexican. In fact, only 6.2 M are Mexican. And if he refers to all Hispanics as Mexicans, he is wrong as well. Non-Hispanics make up at least 25% of the registered undocumented immigrants.
Granted, I acknowledge that some people may not be accounted for. However, I think it is highly unlikely that we are missing out on 19 million individuals.
Now, during the president’s campaign, he promised to get rid of all these rapists, murders, and drug dealers.
And some people may think he is doing what he promised. I mean, I did too and here’s why:
1. Main Stream Media
News articles, television broadcasters, and the social media have all said that mass deportations are in effect – that the president is fulfilling the promises he made during his campaign to get rid of all illegal criminals.
For someone who needs to keep up with work, school, and personal matters, headlines are something I rely on to get quick updates. So when I read “Trump Is Meeting Threats,” I panic. It isn’t until I research a bit more that I get the bigger picture.
Under the Trump administration, 21,362 individuals have been arrested within his first three months in office. This is 32% more than last year during the same time. This also adds to the narrative that Trump is meeting his threats. This may seem like good news to everyone that expects him to eliminate all foreign criminals from the country.
Why Not To Believe:
While it may be true that the current president has been arresting more undocumented immigrants than Obama last year, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) hasn’t actually been arresting criminals.
(NOTE: People who live in this country without proper documentation are technically criminals, but they’re not all felons.)
In fact, 15% of the people arrested since January have no criminal record.
In reality, of the 11 million undocumented immigrants, only 7.5% have a criminal record – this includes minor and major crimes. Minor crimes include misconducts such as DUIs, parking ticket, and littering.
And to those criticizing the Obama administration, 85% of the arrests that happened in 2016 between January and March were recent crossers. They did not have an established life here. They were relatively new to life in the United States. Under the Obama administration, breaking families apart was not a priority.
Moreover, of the remaining 25% arrests, 90% had been convicted of serious crimes. This means that, if my math serves me right, only 2.5% did not have criminal records. This is a relatively short percentage compared to the 15% of non-criminal record holders who were arrested this year.
In short, this goes to show how so much information can be misrepresented and in turn can leave many people misinformed. Even I have left a few numbers out. My goal is not to provide every bit of information I find. My goal is to encourage my audience to research. Don’t settle for just any news that you are given. If any current events affect you or the people you care about, dig. Look for the source of the numbers. Don’t rely on one source. Look for those contradicting articles. Check out their sources. What are they leaving out? Don’t settle.