Since this is an apologetics blog and not a political one, I promise to keep the following C.S. Lewis quote in mind as I tiptoe into writing about our current political state. “A sick society must think much about politics, as a sick man must think much about his digestion; to ignore the subject may be fatal cowardice for one as for the other. But if either comes to regard it as the natural food of the mind—if either forgets that we think of such things only in order to be able to think of something else—then what was undertaken for the sake of health has become itself a new and deadly disease. “— C.S. Lewis
Indeed, I might not need to write on political topics at all if people had the wherewithal to do their own research instead of blindly following some random blogger (like me) or rating based news source (such as CNN, FOX, CNBC, etc.). I see that many are not. And while I would rather being writing some imaginative piece of prose, I cannot stand by and see the minds of so many crumble from the substance of lies and exaggerations.
So, allow me. No, Donald Trump did not call all Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. His actual quote has truthful substance: “The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems,” Trump said. “It’s true. And these aren’t the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you…they’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime; they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.” Funny how few of the contrary political persuasion mention the last two words, “good people”. Obviously, the small olive branch does not fit in with their narrative.
I’m not going to speak of olive branches but rather list a few things that speak to the truth of Trump’s politically incorrect point. This information was derived from various sources. Please, check and double check them all.
•Illegal Traffickers Are Responsible for More Than 90% of the Heroin In America
Local and State Prisons Don’t Track Legal Status, but the Feds Do.
The Washington Post’s left-wing fact-check site states: “Trump’s repeated statements about immigrants and crime underscore a common public perception that crime is correlated with immigration, especially illegal immigration. But that is a misperception; no solid data support it, and the data that do exist negate it. Trump can defend himself all he wants, but the facts just are not there.”
While local and state prisons may not have the facts, the Feds do. The numbers are gargantuan: Of 78,022 primary offense cases in fiscal year 2013, 38.6 percent were illegal immigrant offenders. The majority of their cases (76 percent) were immigration related. Of total primary offenses, 17.6 percent of drug trafficking offenses and 3.8 percent of sex abuse were illegal immigrants. Of 22,878 drug crime cases, 17.2 percent were illegal immigrants.
The media uses numbers that don’t exist to attack Trump. The numbers we actually do have back up Trump’s point.
•More Than 2,000 Sex Offenders are Deported By ICE Every Year In Texas Alone
Of the 862 alien sex offenders deported by the Texas-based offices, about 27 percent were convicted of sex offenses against children. ICE’s four Texas field offices are located in Dallas, El Paso, Houston and San Antonio. The Dallas area of responsibility includes 128 counties in north Texas, and the state of Oklahoma. Dallas ERO deported 171 sex offenders so far in fiscal year 2014; 47 were convicted of sex offenses against a minor. In all of fiscal year 2013, the office deported 463 sex offenders; 154 were convicted of sex offenses against a minor. In 2013, all four Texas offices deported 2,124 sex offenders; 508 were convicted of sex offenses against a minor. In fiscal year 2012, Texas ERO offices deported 2,007 sex offenders, and 2,127 in 2011.
•Nearly a Thousand Texas Children Sexually Assaulted By Illegals Over Last 3 Years
Those are actual convictions of sex offenses against children, not reports. It doesn’t matter how these numbers compare to similar offenses committed by Americans. The fact that more than a thousand children have been sexually assaulted by illegals — people who never should have been able to get in the country to begin with. These children are victims and the media the ignores them. The media will cover riots against a presidential election, but not a thousand children sexually assaulted by illegals?
•Nearly Half of Federal Crimes Occur In Just 5 of 94 Districts Along the Mexican Border
According to the Justice Department there are 94 federal court districts in this country and the five located near the southern border see a large portion of criminal cases, according to the Justice Department’s annual report on criminal prosecutions. The five federal districts also have the biggest number of defendants actually convicted of federal crimes. Of the 61,529 criminal cases initiated by federal prosecutors last fiscal year, more than 40%—or 24,746—were filed in court districts neighboring the Mexican border….Nearly 22% (13,383) were drug related, 19.7% (12,123) were violent crimes and 10.2% (6,300) involved white-collar offenses that include a full range of frauds committed by business and government professionals.
Finally, let’s get even more real. Let’s use some common sense and reason. Of course you are going to get a high proportion of “bad” people with open borders. By the way, when you examine immigration crime statistics, make sure you separate the numbers between LEGAL immigrants and ILLEGAL immigrants (the dishonest manipulators lump them together in hopes you don’t notice). The Mexican government and their law abiding citizens are smart in helping those less desirable to leave their country. They are not stupid people. Furthermore, it behooves those with criminal records to wipe the slate clean in another country that simply lets them move in unchecked. Why should anyone have to spell this out?
Obviously, it also should go without having to be pointed out, that many good and noble people flee Mexico looking for a better lives in the United States. Of course. No one is saying otherwise. But they are still doing something against the law and that in itself is not good. But again, the numbers are skewed with a large number of criminals (yes, even rapists), and it is not helping the United States. Did you know that there are still legal channels for immigration? Why don’t we focus on striving toward law and order, goodness, morality, and truth. “Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work…” Titus 3:1
Sources: Breitbart, Heritage.org, the Washington Post, the Justice Department, and others