The immigration crisis is in Washington DC, not on the border

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Unauthorized border crossings are at a historic low, and have been decreasing for at least a decade. Crime in border cities is falling, as is crime across the United States. El Paso’s Republican mayor says Trump is wrong: his city is safe, and claims of a border security crisis are “just hyperbole that is misplaced.” FBI crime statistics back him up. The mayors of Brownsville, Texas and Nogales, Arizona also insist that there is no crime wave and no immigration crisis in their border cities.

Crime across the country has been declining since the early 1990s. Immigrants are less likely to commit crime than native-born U.S. citizens. Crossing the border without authorization is a misdemeanor—like driving 58 miles an hour in a 55 mile zone or setting off bottle rockets and Roman candles in Minnesota on the Fourth of July. Yet federal prosecutors have been directed to focus on immigrants crossing the border, clogging federal court dockets and filing private prisons. In April, almost 60 percent of all federal prosecutions were for immigration offenses.

The real immigration crisis emanate from Washington DC. That’s where illegal enforcement and anti-immigrant policy combine to create on-going crises:

Despite the Trump fearmongering over immigration, most Americans believe immigration is good for the country, and the number who buy the Trump administration’s line continues to decline. 

Opposition to Trump’s anti-immigrant vendetta is building across the country, not just in big cities and not just among Democrats. Eleven states have ended National Guard deployment on the border, due to concerns over the Trump administration’s family separation policies.  Small towns, including Lanesboro, Minnesota and Antler, North Dakota joined in last Saturday’s protests.

Quote of the Day from Sally Jo Sorenson’s Bluestem Prairie blog:

“Those who view Greater Minnesota as a place peopled by fear-ridden residents cowering in corners fretting about the next jumping jihadist might consider a recent news report that suggests quite the opposite might be the case.”

The headline for her July 3 post makes the point in numbers: in western Minnesota, “Willmar’s “Welcoming is Who We Are, Faith not Fear” draws 5 times more than unwelcome event.”

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About Mary Turck

News Day, written by Mary Turck, analyzes, summarizes, links to, and comments on reports from news media around the world, with particular attention to immigration, education, and journalism. Fragments, also written by Mary Turck, has fiction, poetry and some creative non-fiction. Mary Turck edited TC Daily Planet, www.tcdailyplanet.net, from 2007-2014, and edited the award-winning Connection to the Americas and AMERICAS.ORG, in its pre-2008 version. She is also a recovering attorney and the author of many books for young people (and a few for adults), mostly focusing on historical and social issues.
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