Apparently, President Donald Trump and his team have only one agenda in mind — to play the blame game.
Like the master of facts Kellyanne Conway, who invented a fictional “Bowling Green Massacre” accusing two Iraqis of terror, or White House spokesman Sean Spicer, who cited the Quebec mosque shooting (originally carried by a white nationalist) to defend his boss’s immigrant ban, Trump too couldn’t resist doing something similar.
In his latest attempt to defend the controversial ban, the commander-in-chief accused undocumented immigrants of being the sole reason behind all the crimes taking place in Chicago.
The business mogul made the accusation at a law-enforcement conference in Washington, D.C.
“So much of the problems — you look at Chicago and you look at so many other places — so many of the problems are caused by gang members many of whom are not legally in our country,” he said.
He went on and pushed the Chicago police to ask federal immigration authorities to inform them about undocumented gang members.
“I want you to turn in the bad ones. Call Secretary Kelly’s representatives and we’ll get them out of our country and bring them back where they came from, and we’ll do it fast,” commented Trump.
But there was just one minor problem with these accusations — they aren't backed by evidence.
A 2015 report from the American Immigration Council discovered from 1990 to 2013, the number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. increased from 3.5 million to 11.2 million, but in that same period, the violent crime rate declined by 48 percent.
Chicago is home to many immigrants, many of who were naturally very nervous after Trump's election.
The city’s mayor addressed the concerns of his residents.
“You are safe in Chicago, you are secure in Chicago, and you are supported in Chicago,” said Rahm Emanuel.
According to Charis Kubrin, a University of California criminology professor who studied the correlation between immigration and crime, immigrants as a whole don’t increase the overall crime rate.
“Immigration has no impact whatsoever on crime,” Kubrin said. “When there is an impact… It’s more likely to be negative, meaning more immigrants, less crime.”
But of course, all this information doesn’t really matter to the billionaire baron — because in Trump’s America the answer to everything terrorism-related is Muslims and immigrants.
Without any evidence.
Banner/Spotlight Credits: Reuters