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A series of tweet addressing the murder in Kansas of an Indian engineer.

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Immigrants and Crime

A recent study out of the University of Buffalo found no link between immigrants and increased crime levels.

The results show that immigration does not increase assaults and, in fact, robberies, burglaries, larceny, and murder are lower in places where immigration levels are higher.

Previous research, based on arrest and offense data, has shown that, overall, foreign-born individuals are less likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans

The study was done by looking at large scale immigration patterns in cities and looking at how they may connect to crime,

due to changes in cities, such as fewer economic opportunities or the claim that immigrants displace domestic workers from jobs.

The study covered metropolitan areas between 1970-2010.

“This is a study across time and across place and the evidence is clear,” said Adelman. “We are not claiming that immigrants are never involved in crime. What we are explaining is that communities experiencing demographic change driven by immigration patterns do not experience significant increases in any of the kinds of crime we examined. And in many cases, crime was either stable or actually declined in communities that incorporated many immigrants.”

Adelman says the relationship between immigration and crime is complex and more research needs to be done, but this research supports other scholarly conclusions that immigrants, on the whole, have a positive effect on American social and economic life.

It’s important to base our public policies on facts and evidence rather than ideologies and baseless claims that demonize particular segments of the U.S. population without any facts to back them up,” said Adelman. [x]

So, you really can’t use that excuse anymore.

National Security Advisor and Raging Islamophobe

I’ve already posted about Michael Flynn but here is some additional documentation of his islamophobia and overt racism.

In a speech he made in Massachusetts in August:

“Our country was built upon the foundation of Judeo-Christian principles, values, norms. We should fight this idea of this imposition of Sharia law into our system. And believe me, folks, it is happening.

All you have to do is go and look up something called ‘the American laws for American courts.’ I don’t know if it’s happening up here in Massachusetts, it’s happening in other states. I have had people in the media, mainstream media, say, ‘oh, that’s all a conspiracy, it’s a lie.’

No, in the state Florida. The state of Florida, they have 36 senators at the state level. 36 senators at the state level. 12 of them are Democrats, the Republicans hold the majority in the Florida state senate. All 12 Democrats, all 12 Democrats voted to impose Shariah law at the local and state level. Now, it was beaten because the Republicans are in charge. I’m telling you, this is ‘American laws for America’s courts.'” [This is super untrue btw]

To clarify, Sharia law is the religious law followed by members of the Islamic faith. It is not a forced conversion to Islam or a requirement for non Muslims to practice the faith.

You can read about the actual legislation this outrageous claim originated from here.

I leave you with another lovely quote from the same speech

“We are facing another ‘ism,’ just like we faced Nazism, and fascism, and imperialism and communism. This is Islamism, it is a vicious cancer inside the body of 1.7 billion people on this planet and it has to be excised.”

Yeah, he is saying that a religion practiced by over a billion people is on the level of Nazis. Nice fella.

[Summarized from PolitiFact]

 

Mike Flynn, National Security Advisor

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Anti-Muslim

Joined in chants of “Lock her up” at the RNC

has called President Obama “a liar” and troubled some former colleagues with his partisan political work

 

His behavior and a string of controversial and dark statements about Islam, among other topics, have alarmed many of his former colleagues. [Source]

Jeff Sessions, Attorney General

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Accusations of racism have followed him through his career. He was even denied a federal judgeship due to it.

He is bad news for civil rights

He is also bad news for immigration, he has opposed any immigration bill with a path to citizenship. He has even fought legal immigration, guest worker programs and visa programs [even for people in science, math, and tech]

Actual awful quote (bolding mine)

“What we need now is immigration moderation: slowing the pace of new arrivals […] and the forces of assimilation can knit us all more closely together.”

Voted against a bill that banned “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of prisoners.”

Ahh, on climate change:

“Carbon pollution is CO2, and that’s really not a pollutant; that’s a plant food, and it doesn’t harm anybody except that it might include temperature increases.”

 

Southern Poverty Law Center’s Heidi Beirich, who tracks hate speech, said Sessions is guilty of it, and that his mere presence in Trump’s inner circle is “a tragedy for American politics.” [Source]