The topics are honesty, responsibility, objectivity and accountability, ladies and gentlemen. Also intentional deception by those you trust to keep you sufficiently informed to be a competent citizen of a democracy.
The United States Sentencing Commission has released showing that almost three-quarters of the more than 2,200 people who received federal sentences for drug possession in fiscal year 2014 were illegal immigrants. Moreover, illegal immigrants were more than one-third of all federal sentences for all crimes.
On Fox News, Geraldo Rivera angrily insisted that illegal immigrants committed fewer crimes proportionate to their numbers than legal citizens. I have seen this same claim on various leftish blogs. I assumed it was baloney, and sure enough, it is. They were talking about legal immigrants, you see. Does it make my day to see this dishonest confounding of legal and illegal immigration trapping its proponents?
Of course, this didn’t stop the news media and craven Republicans, as well as shameless pro-open border Democrats like Hillary Clinton, from piling on Trump and calling him a racist, because he quite accurately and fairly (also clumsily and in needlessly provocative fashion) describe the current state of illegal immigration in the United States.
Illegal immigrants accounted for 36.7% of all federal sentencings in 2014, though they only represent an estimated 3.5 percent of the U.S population. The data shows that this includes 20% of the kidnapping and hostage-taking sentences, 12% of the murder sentences, and a frightening 19.4% of national-defense related sentences. You can review the statistics here.
The Washington Examiner reported this data. Why aren’t the major news sources—the Examiner is a conservative outfit that is to the Washington Post what the Toledo Mudhens are to the New York Yankees—revealing these rather relevant facts while their op-ed writers and cartoonists, like the Post’s execrable Tom Toles, call Donald Trump vile names for truthfully informing the public about the consequences of illegal immigration? If there is another explanation other than a desire to paint Republicans as anti-immigrant bigots at the price of willfully misrepresenting unpleasant facts, I’d like to hear it.Are Democrats, illegal immigration advocates, progressive pundits and “objective” journalists going to continue to mislead the public and misrepresent the facts? Will the public allow them to do this without imposing severe consequences? Will the Republican leadership neglect its duty, and choose to bash Trump instead of forcing the nation to deal honestly with illegal immigration–because of all those Hispanic voters who will supposedly vote against any politicians that argue for responsible policies based on reality and the rule of law rather than progressive mythology?
I find Donald Trump revolting and reprehensible in every possible way. But who is more reprehensible now? What does it say about the culture, the nation, the public and its leaders that only an arrogant, rich egomaniac has the guts to tell the truth about a subject as important as illegal immigration…and that he is attacked as a racist when he does?
Pointer: Jonathan Turley