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Countering Donald Trump’s nasty tirade against Latino immigrants

NEWS ANALYSIS: fact-checking Donald Trump on the contributions of Mexicans to the U.S. economy and elsewhere. By LATINO REBELS It is the June 17 Donald Trump quote that has the Latino community speaking out in ways we have

NEWS ANALYSIS: fact-checking Donald Trump on the contributions of Mexicans to the U.S. economy and elsewhere.


It is the June 17 Donald Trump quote that has the Latino community speaking out in ways we have never seen before. The following is his infamous mean-spirited and racist tirade:
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems [to] us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people. But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people. It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming probably, probably from the Middle East. But we don’t know because we have no protection and we have no competence; we don’t know what’s happening. And it’s got to stop and it’s got to stop fast.”

Not surprisingly, no one has really tried to counter Trump’s comments with actual facts. PolitiFact ran a Trump analysis of other points he made in his June 16 speech, but nothing about the Mexico comments. Fox News Latino included a few tidbits when it edited an Associated Press story, but it didn’t really dive deep. So if PolitiFact or anyone else for that matter won’t try to address Trump’s comments, we will try to give this some more context. It’s obvious to us that Trump’s logic (Mexicans are bringing problems to U.S. / Mexicans are rapists and criminals / Will lead to more terrorism from The Middle East) is ridiculously stupid and racist.

But still, we still think given a bit more context to all this silliness is a worthy exercise. Here is what Donald Trump doesn’t want you to know:

  1. The most dangerous state in the U.S. is Alaska, according to recent statistics. In fact, of the top 10 states in this category, only one (New Mexico) is a border state and only two (Florida and Nevada) are considered to be non-border states with significant Latino populations.
  2. Some of the safest cities in the U.S. are border cities
  3. What about rape? Here is what you need to know: the U.S. has a significantly higher rate of rape than Mexico. Almost six times as much. In addition, statistics from the last 20 years keep saying White male rapists are more common than anyone else in this country.
  4. Close to 40 percent of federal crime statistics were immigration related in 2013. Drugs accounted for about 20 percent while violent crime was at 19 percent. Organized crime was at .03 percent. Think about that.
  5. Actual facts about immigration and undocumented immigrants would be helpful in this debate, but why would Trump want to do that? Some things to think about when it comes to the economy: “For the United States as a whole, immigrants’ share of total output was about 14.7 percent over 2009–2011. Note that this is actually larger than immigrants’ 13 percent share of the population.” Then there is this: “Unauthorized immigrants are a net positive for public budgets because they contribute more to the system than they take out.”

Also, if Trump is so concerned about problems coming to our shores, will he as president authorize close to $258 billion (in 2008 dollars) to send them all back home?

But let’s give you some perspective about how many people from Mexico are already a part of this country’s fabric, whether it is a visit to the U.S., legal residency or just the growing number of the Mexican Americans in the U.S. – from DHS: “There were 61,052,260 non-immigrant (I-94) admissions in 2013… The largest category of admission in 2013 was temporary visitors for pleasure which represented 79 percent of I-94 admissions.” Of those 61 million visitors to this country, about 18 million came from Mexico, and if you take about 80 percent of that number for leisure travel, we are talking about 14 million Mexicans that visited the U.S. in 2013.

Imagine how much money those Mexicans pumped into this country’s economy!

Mexicans comprise 25 percent of all this country’s lawful permanent resident population. According to DHS’s 2013 immigration statistics, there are 13.14 million lawful permanent residents in the United. 3.28 million of those residents were born in Mexico, of which 2.67 million are eligible to be naturalized. That’s a lot of Mexicans.

Then you add the Mexican-American population and this group is no longer an insignificant number.

According to Pew Research: “Mexicans are by far the largest Hispanic-origin population in the U.S., accounting for near two-thirds (64 percent) of the U.S. Hispanic population in 2012. Hispanics of Mexican origin are also a significant portion of the U.S. population, accounting for 11 percent overall.”

And you wonder why people got upset.

This news analysis was first published June 29 at Latino Rebels. com. Published by permission of LatinoRebels.com and New America Media.

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