Demonizing Immigrants: As American As Apple Pie

In The Young Turks on YouTube by Hlarson1 Comment


TYT’s Friday Power Panel discussed the inaccuracies of last night’s GOP debate, which led to a discussion of refugees and how they are perceived in the west. Ana Kasparian, John Iadarola (ThinkTank), Jimmy Dore (The Jimmy Dore Show Podcast), and Elliot Hill (The Lip TV), hosts of the The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“Hadar Aviram, UC Hastings

When you look at the “line of migration, you see no women. Where are the women? I see no women… I see strong, powerful men.” – Donald Trump

This is factually wrong. According to State Department data, in the last fiscal year the United States admitted 1,682 Syrian refugees, 77 percent of whom were women and children. But in addition to the inaccuracy, it is also irresponsible reliance on crime stereotypes.

One of the main issues identified by scholars studying the intersection of immigration and crime (“crimmmigration”) is the blurring of these categories by painting immigrants and criminals in associated hues. Since Trump wants to portray refugees as potential criminals, and since crime is considered to be a predominantly male phenomenon, he misleads voters about the demographics.

But the consensus among scholars of immigration and crime is that immigrants commit significantly less crime, per capita, than the native-born.”*

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