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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.

What, Ted Cruz Worry? Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

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 

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.


16 thoughts on “Ted Cruz Slams Immigrants Without Proportion”

  1. Korky Day says:

    Although I thoroughly oppose my fellow Canadian Ted Cruz on most issues, on this one he’s right, Jim Cook.
    So is Donald Trump, who makes similar points. Neither said anything about the proportions.
    They said, in effect, that Jose X killed a child; Jose X was an illegal alien; therefore, if we had thrown out Jose X soon enough, that child would not have been killed by Jose X in the USA.
    You, Jim Cook, have wrongly accused Cruz of making a disproportional point.
    Instead, he made a correct arithmetical point.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      Well, then, since native-born Americans are incarcerated at a higher rate than immigrants, then clearly from an arithmetic point of view we should be tossing all the natives over the border.

      1. Korky Day says:

        In the past, Jim Cook, exile WAS a way for countries to deal with home-grown criminals.
        So it could be done, but it’s more responsible to rehabilitate them at home.

        Thanks for answering my first comment, but you ignore my follow-up.

        My point was that it’s better to let in immigrants legally, as the Republicans want, than illegally, as the Democrats condone. I believe the crime rates for legal immigrants (I’m one myself in Canada) probably are much lower than EITHER the native-born population or the illegal immigrants.

        So if a country wants less crime, they should choose the legal over the illegal immigrants, eh?

        I, myself, am neither a Democrat nor a Republican. As a Green, I say that the USA has no moral claim to bar or admit any immigrants, anyway, without the permission of the First Nations.

  2. Korky Day says:

    If you want to go all proportional on me, Jim Cook, state the proportions of illegal immigrants committing crimes compared to legal immigrants.

  3. Charles Manning says:

    Very interesting. But do you have the figures and sources to substantiate that “immigrants are less likely, not more likely, than native-born Americans to commit violent crimes and to be incarcerated”?

    Your quotation by Cruz demonstrates how he can manipulate facts to promote his discriminatory views, and do so far more persuasively than Trump — but only if you can back up your claims with evidence.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      See the sources to which I link.

      1. Charles Manning says:

        Thanks again, and sorry, I didn’t realize the red highlighting now designates citations.

        1. Jim Cook says:

          Maybe we should change that link color — you’re the second person who has had trouble with it!

  4. gloria mcmillian says:

    Dumb smuck! They are illegal nasty ass invaders who should be shot for breaking and entering where they don’t belong. And you propaganda idiot why do we import these trash invaders who commit crimes when we should be exporting our own and let another country deal with them!

    1. Jim Cook says:

      This is what you say. You make the position of the pro-Cruz camp quite clear. Thank you for expressing your dehumanizing hatred with clarity.

  5. gloria mcmillian says:

    LOVE TED CRUZ! Dislike those who suckling up to illegals!

    1. Jim Cook says:

      Don’t get me excited here…

  6. John says:

    BWWWWAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA!! You crack me up! The name of your blog should be! So funny how your able to totally negate statistics when they are not in your favor! But if they are….. WATCH OUT!!!!! ROFLMAO

    1. Jim Cook says:

      Ted Cruz didn’t offer statistics. He offered counts. A statistical approach would compare mean or rate of criminal activity across groups, which is what I’m talking about.

  7. John says:

    The funny thing is that even if you’re a US citizen and you kill someone, even if it’s unintentional, you get your life taken from you! But you have a problem throwing out immigrant criminal scum that shouldn’t have even been here in the first place? What about the American citizens that drive on a suspended license. Even if they are involved in an accident that was totally not there fault, guess what? IT’S STILL THERE FAULT!!!! Why do laws like this exist for American citizens and you have a problem enforcing laws governing people immigrating to this county??? What is your major malfunction? Is your brain so warped from years of political correct brainwashing that you are incapable of seeing the idiocy of your thinking? THESE PEOPLE ARE BREAKING THE LAWS!!!! Illegal immigration has a negative effect on skilled trades! My family has suffered because of this injustice! If they did it the right way we wouldn’t be having this discussion!!!!!

    1. Jim Cook says:

      Despite all your exclamation points, people born in the USA have a higher incarceration rate than immigrants to the USA.

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