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Trump “telling it like it is” But Really, He’s Not

One would think that after Donald Trump’s disgusting display of blatant racism would have caused him to fall from the top. Unfortunately, other than the massive ties that were severed between he and companies like NBC and Macy’s, Trump has actually risen in the polls, with many showing him as being in the lead for the Republican nomination.

Why? Well, according to the enthusiastic supporters of his, he is simply “telling it like it is.” Now, they say this as he points to purely anecdotal, racist, evidence. When one actually looks at the numbers, the majority of offenders found in the US Sentencing Commission that he referenced were arrested for entering the United States illegally (in an attempt to escape the poverty and violence of Mexico and other Central and South American countries to the land where supposedly one is allowed to pursue happiness). The majority were not part of those arrested for violent crimes or any drug offences. In fact, in 2009, only 5.6 per cent of prisoners in the United States were non-citizens (which could mean any number of countries outside of the United States).

Meanwhile, groups like the American born and raised Aryan Brotherhood make up a little less than 0.1% of the prison population in America, but they are responsible for 30% of murders in the federal prison system. They tend to make their income off of the distribution of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine within the prison systems and on the street.

You know what this means Trump? It means that undocumented immigrants are actually significantly less likely to be incarcerated than American citizens for non-immigration offences and are not statistically as violent. In fact, United States born high school graduates are more likely to be incarcerated at some point in their lives than Mexican immigrants, including those with limited education. All in all, the Mexicans, who according to Trump “are not sending their best” are actually “sending” people who are less likely to be violent criminals than American citizens.

And c’mon America, in the last twenty years you guys have defied so much, are you really going to backtrack to someone who cannot even be bothered to research incarceration rates properly, let alone address a big part of his possible constituency with respect?

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