For months, President Trump has been saying there is a crisis at our southern border. Until recently, the Democrat leftist extremists have been saying there is no crisis. Then they switched to saying it's not an immigration crisis, it is a “humanitarian” crisis. Now the more cognizant Democrats are begrudgingly saying that there is a crisis at our border.
Those that claim that there is no border or immigration crisis are usually those who either benefit economically or politically from illegal immigration or are not affected by it. The people who have been the victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants, the relatives of those murdered by illegals or killed or injured by illegal alien drunk or drugged drivers, believe there is a crisis.
For years, the progressives were spreading the myth that illegal aliens were less likely to commit crimes than native born Americans. This simply has not been true for several decades. This misinformation was most probably extrapolated during the years when those who were here illegally, were deported if they were arrested for even minor crimes. Forty years ago, the crimes for which most illegals were arrested were either drunk driving, crimes committed in bar fights or related to intoxication.
Last year, the Crime Prevention Research Center came out with a study, right here in Arizona, that completely debunked this left wing fable. Here are some of the statistics from this study. “Undocumented immigrants are at least 142% more likely to be convicted of a crime than other Arizonans. They also tend to commit more serious crimes and serve 10.5% longer sentences, more likely to be classified as dangerous, and 45% more likely to be gang members than U.S. Citizens.”
Those on the left will make claims that this study is flawed or biased or just not true because this study doesn't match their position on immigration. Despite their claims, the progressives know that the facts brought up in this research are true. That is why they threw such a fit when President Trump stated that he was seriously thinking of sending detained illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities and jurisdictions. When the President made this statement, the response of the left exposed them for the hypocrites they really are.
The leftist and even the moderate Democrats have been saying for years that illegals are less likely to commit crime than native born Americans, that they must be treated humanely and with respect. Yet where could they be treated better and more respectfully than in areas that offer them sanctuary? Most of those districts have been less than welcoming of President Trump's idea. In the most laughable example of “projection”, the leaders of the Democrat Party are claiming that Trump is using illegal immigrants as political pawns.
Since at least the beginning of this century, if not decades before, establishment Republicans and Democrats have both kept the illegal immigrants in the political forefront, otherwise they would have fixed the problem. To suddenly claim that President Trump is now using them as “political pawns” is way beyond self delusion.
Those who care about our own citizens, those who are victims of illegal alien crimes or have friends or relatives who have been, know there is a crisis at the border and in our Congress for refusing to do anything about it.