Trump and his administration base their immigration policy on the claim that immigrants bring crime with them into America. Trump especially likes to blame sanctuary cities, calling them “safe havens for just some terrible people,” and according to a Gallup poll taken in 2017, nearly half of all Americans agree with him.
However, studies have shown that it just isn’t true.
A large-scale study that compared immigration rates with the crime rates of 200 different cities geographically dispersed across the U.S. shows that an increase in immigrants actually decreased the crime rate. The 10 metropolitan areas with the largest influx of immigrants all saw lower crime rates in 2016 than they did in 1980.
Yet, the criminal immigrant theory is the basis for a lot of the policies enacted by the Trump administration which has included the Muslim ban, the wall, and the zero-tolerance family separation policy. The research shows that these policies are pushed through using erroneous data. In general, the studies prove there is no correlation between crime rates and immigration.
Painting an entire ethnic group as evil, criminal and "other than clean, pure us" is nothing new. The film Der ewige Jude, " The Eternal Jew" with input from German Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels was a Nazi pseudo-documentary, that included scenes of Jews shot in the Warsaw and Lodz ghettos by propaganda company crews attached to the German military. This film was quite popular with audiences in Germany and throughout occupied Europe.
Read more about the study, “The Myth of the Criminal Immigrant” written by Anna Flagg posted by The New York Times on March 30, 2018