Monday, March 13, 2017

Monday against mass deportation

A Senator in the Irish Parliament, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, calls for celebrating St. Patrick's Day this year as a day of solidarity with immigrants and refugees. Viral, Irish Senator Standing Up To President Donald Trump AM Joy MSNBC 03/12/2017:

Andrés Oppenheimer writes about the Trump Family Business Administration's information campaign against immigrants in Trump’s office of anti-immigrant propaganda will hurt all immigrants Miami Herald 03/08/2017:

Trouble is, virtually all serious studies show that undocumented immigrants tend to commit fewer crimes than native-born Americans. And there are good reasons for that: undocumented immigrants — the maids, gardeners, waiters and fruit pickers who do jobs few Americans want to do — fear being caught by police and being deported.

According to a study by the American Immigration Council , or AIC, a non-partisan Washington, D.C., think tank, U.S. Census data show that only 1.6 percent of immigrant males — both legal and illegally in the country — between the ages of 18 and 39 are incarcerated in U.S. prisons, compared to 3.3 percent of the native-born.

The AIC study reached the same conclusion when it looked specifically at young Mexican, Salvadoran and Guatemalan men without high school education, who make the bulk of undocumented migrants. They have significantly lower incarceration rates than U.S. born men without high school degrees, it said.

“Innumerable studies have confirmed two simple yet powerful truths about the relationship between immigration and crime: immigrants are less likely to commit serious crimes or be behind bars than the native born, and high rates of immigration are associated with lower rates of violent crime,” the report says.
Recitation of facts won't convert xenophobes from their hatred in itself. But it's important for the rest of us to keep a grip on reality.

Pilar Marrero reports that Latino leaders are warning that the Trump mass deportations are causing real damage to the entire Latino community, La comunidad latina en pleno sufrirá con Donald Trump, no sólo los inmigrantes, dicen líderes La Opinión 03/13/2017

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