At least five statements made by the president last night were checked after Jim Acosta claimed the president’s address was ‘hazardous to the truth.’
Acosta actually said the speech “probably should have come with a surgeon general’s warning — it was hazardous to the truth.”
“There were a number of claims that the president made in that speech that are just not going to stand up to the facts. You mentioned a couple of them, one of them being this thing that he’s said over and over again that the new trade deal with Mexico is going to somehow pay for the wall,” Acosta outrageously claimed.
Acosta said that the president “continued to paint immigrants as criminals and killers and so on when they come across the border illegally.”
One of the favorite catch phrases lately for the mainstream media and democrats involves saying “facts” show illegal immigrants don’t commit any higher crime rates than legal ones. However, as many people recognize, this is a twisting of the truth, something democrats have a long history of doing.
Number 1. The president stated, “All Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal migration. It strains public resources and drives down jobs and wages. Among those hardest hit are African-Americans and Hispanic Americans.”
According to U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Peter Kirsanow, this is correct.
“Black males are more likely to experience competition from illegal immigrants,” Kirsanow said in a 2017 interview with The Daily Signal.
“What happens is you eliminate the rungs on the ladder because a sizable number of black men don’t have access to entry-level jobs,” Kirsanow said. “It is not just the competition and the unemployment of blacks. It also depresses the wage levels.”
“Illegal immigration to the United States in recent decades has tended to depress both wages and employment rates for low-skilled American citizens, a disproportionate number of whom are black men. Expert economic opinions concerning the negative effects range from modest to significant.
“Those panelists that found modest effects overall nonetheless found significant effects in industry sectors such as meatpacking and construction.”
George J. Borjas, a professor of economics and social policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, contributed for Politico in 2016 on the issue. He wrote:
“Both low- and high-skilled natives are affected by the influx of immigrants. But because a disproportionate percentage of immigrants have few skills, it is low-skilled American workers, including many blacks and Hispanics, who have suffered most from this wage dip. The monetary loss is sizable. The typical high school dropout earns about $25,000 annually.
“According to census data, immigrants admitted in the past two decades lacking a high school diploma have increased the size of the low-skilled workforce by roughly 25 percent. As a result, the earnings of this particularly vulnerable group dropped by between $800 and $1,500 each year.”
Number 2. The president also said, “Sen. Chuck Schumer–who you will be hearing from later tonight–has repeatedly supported a physical barrier in the past, along with many other Democrats. They changed their mind only after I was elected president.”
In 2006, Schumer, along with other Democrats, voted for the Secure Fence Act, which specifically entailed a border barrier. Technically, Schumer has back-tracked and claimed that a fence is not the same as a wall. Pelosi also voted for the Act.
Number 3. The president stated, “Every week 300 of our citizens are killed by heroin alone, 90 percent of which floods across from our southern border.”
“Mexico remains the primary source of heroin available in the United States, according to all available sources of intelligence, including law enforcement investigations and scientific data,” states a 2018 report from the Drug Enforcement Administration. And although most the drug is smuggled in vehicles which enter through ports of entry, the fact remains that the Southern Border plays a key role in bringing it up from Mexico.
“Mexican [Transnational Criminal Organizations] control the movement of heroin that enters the United States across the [southwest border], until it reaches its destination in cities all over the United States. The majority of the flow is through [privately owned vehicles] entering the United States at legal ports of entry, followed by tractor-trailers, where the heroin is co-mingled with legal goods.”
Number 4. President Trump said, “One in three women are sexually assaulted on the dangerous trek up through Mexico.”
This is also true.
A 2017 report from Doctors Without Borders surveying crossings into Mexico from the areas of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala stated that “nearly one-third of the women surveyed had been sexually abused during their journey.”
Number 5. The president stated, “In the last two years, ICE officers made 266,000 arrests of aliens with criminal records, including those charged or convicted of 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 violent killings.”
Again, these arrest numbers are correct according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement numbers compiled in 2017 and 2018.
“The ICE report says 158,581 illegal immigrants were arrested in fiscal year 2018, and 138,117 of those had a criminal history. This is an 11 percent increase over 2017, when 143,470 illegal immigrants were arrested, 127,992 of them with a criminal record.”
“The number of people with pending charges arrested by ICE was 48 percent higher in 2018 than in 2017, while arrests of those with criminal convictions dropped slightly,” Reuters reported.
Moreover, “A total of 5,872 known or suspected gang members were arrested, according to the report, as well as 42 thought to be terrorists.”
“ICE reports break down the charges and convictions following the arrests.
“According to the 2017 report, 48,454 illegal immigrants were charged with or convicted of assault. The 2018 report shows similar numbers, with 50,753 illegal immigrants charged with or convicted of assault.
“As for homicides, 1,886 illegal immigrants were charged with or convicted of the crime in 2017, and 2,028 last year.
“To reach the 30,000 sex crimes number, Trump appeared to draw from three categories: sex offenses not involving assault or commercialized sex (6,664 charges or convictions in 2017 and 6,888 last year); sexual assault (5,118 in 2017 and 5,350 last year; and commercialized sexual offenses (1,572 in 2017 and 1,739 last year).”