Univision host Jorge Ramos cited an FBI statistic that showed that since 1990, the national crime rate has dropped by 48 percent. And during that same time period, the number of illegal immigrants tripled. He concluded then, “Thanks to immigrants, crime is going down in this country.”
I think that might be a case of post hoc ergo propter hoc. There are many factors involved in why crime rates go up or down. Picking one factor like illegal immigration and pointing to it as the reason crime went down is like saying crime went down because carbon emissions increased during the same time period.
Sean Hannity interviewed Jorge Ramos and challenged him on the issue of criminal illegal aliens and what should be done with them. Fox News reported:
He argued that illegal immigrants commit crimes at a lower frequency than U.S. citizens, and the vast majority of illegal immigrants in America are just people trying to create better lives for themselves and their families.
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Hannity said that American taxpayers pay trillions of dollars on illegal immigrants, including schools, health care or prisons.
“You say, ‘This isn’t the America I know.’ Well, what America do you know?” Hannity said. “Where people break the law? That people don’t respect American sovereignty? That Americans – some of them – lose their children, just because you define compassion as open borders?”
Hannity further pressed Ramos on Trump’s policy of “extreme vetting” for any refugees seeking asylum in the U.S.
“Do you support extreme vetting to protect Americans and not gamble with their lives?” Hannity asked.
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