Ted Cruz Slams Immigrants Without Proportion
Ted Cruz hasn’t uttered a word for the Congressional Record in 2016; he’s hardly shown up to his job in the Senate at all.
And yet, on October 20 2015, Ted Cruz did have a fair amount to say, in this case about illegal immigrants:
Remarkably, in the year 2013 the Obama administration released from detention roughly 36,000 convicted criminal aliens who were actually awaiting the outcome of deportation proceedings. These criminal aliens were responsible for 193 homicide convictions. They were responsible for 426 sexual assault convictions, 303 kidnapping convictions, 1,075 aggravated assault convictions, and 16,070 drunk driving convictions. All of this was on top of the additional 68,000 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions that the Federal Government encountered in 2013 but never took into custody for deportation. Dwell on those numbers for a moment. In 1 year, the Obama administration releases over 104,000 criminal illegal aliens, people who have come into this country illegally who have additional criminal convictions--murderers, rapists, thieves, drunk drivers. One wonders what the administration says to the mother of a child lost to a murderer released by the Obama administration because they will not enforce the laws. One wonders what the Obama administration says to the child of a man killed by a drunk driver released by the Obama administration because they will not enforce our immigration laws.
This sounds downright awful. But in making these remarks, Ted Cruz is depending on you to make an assumption based on the appearance of three-, four-, and five-digit numbers: that the rate of criminal offending by immigrants is higher than the rate of criminal offending by non-immigrants in America. He depends on you to assume that this represents an unusual immigrant crime wave. But that’s just not what the trends show. The trends actually show that immigrants are less likely, not more likely, than native-born Americans to commit violent crimes and to be incarcerated. But Ted Cruz doesn’t want you to realize that. That’s why he only tells half the story, without the context of the vast, vast majority of immigrants to America who hurt no one, and without the context of the greater tendency toward violence and incarceration among people who were actually born right here in the United States.
Resist the foreigner-baiting. Resist the pitch of fear. Resist Ted Cruz.