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Crime will fall : Trump’s new rallying cry for border wall echoes old strategy of inflating dangers posed by immigrants

After years of fanning public fears over illegal immigration, President Trump on Wednesday signaled he has no plans to stop, unveiling a new rallying cry: “BUILD A WALL & CRIME WILL FALL!”

The bumper sticker-ready slogan, rolled out in a series of tweets, neatly packaged Trump’s argument for a border wall to keep out terrorists, drug traffickers and violent gang members with a political framing aimed at boosting his 2020 reelection chances.

“This is the new theme, for two years until the Wall is finished (under construction now), of the Republican Party!” Trump wrote. “Use it and pray!”

The messaging was a bid to shore up his conservative base after the president took heat from border hawks for offering Democrats a deal over the weekend. But it also illustrated Trump’s consistent misrepresentations of the dangers posed by immigrants and the effectiveness of a border barrier to deter criminals as he tries to paint resistant Democrats as weak on public safety.

Though state and local data is limited, studies from independent think tanks have found that unauthorized immigrants commit crimes, including murders and rapes, at lower rates than do native-born Americans. And U.S. authorities have reported that between 80 and 90 percent of illicit narcotics, such as heroin, cocaine and fentanyl, were seized by U.S. authorities at legal ports of entry along the southern border.

John Sandweg, who served as a high-ranking Department of Homeland Security official in the Obama administration, said that a sizable portion of immigrants apprehended at the border had existing arrest records in the United States and were attempting to reenter the country after being deported. However, he added that the majority of those were for nonviolent offenses, such as loitering and driving without a license. Read more

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Crime will fall ’: Trump’s new rallying cry for border wall echoes old strategy of inflating dangers posed by immigrants

Crime will fall ’: Trump’s new rallying cry for border wall echoes old strategy of inflating dangers posed by immigrants