The pushback against Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants is emotional, knee-jerk and not fact-based, according to political commentator and author of the new book ‘Adios, America’ Ann Coulter.
Monday, NBC announced it was cutting ties with Trump following the backlash over the GOP presidential contender’s view that Mexican immigrants are bringing their problems to the U.S.
“They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people,” Trump said during his campaign announcement earlier this month.
Coulter, who devotes a goodly portion of her new book to immigrant crime and the media’s failure to report fully on the “immigrant crime wave,” points out that arguments against Trump amount to a straw man claim that “not all Mexicans are rapists.”
“The point is: Why should America be taking in ANY RAPISTS?” Coulter wrote in an email to Breitbart News. “Were we short on rapists? By definition, we’re talking about people who have no right to be here. If Mexico is sending us 2 rapists – THEY’RE SENDING US RAPISTS.”
As Coulter points out in “Adios, America” and noted to Breitbart News, “the evidence indicates that they’re sending a lot more than” just two rapists.
“Child rape used to be an incredibly rare crime in America,” she explained. “Not anymore! In some Hispanic neighborhoods in the the United States of America, police have given up on even prosecuting statutory rape. It’s a ‘cultural thing.’”
Coulter’s book looks at the prevalence of such crimes — noting that the Centers for Disease Control have reported Hispanic children are seven times more likely to give birth between the ages of 10-14 than white children or 1.4 out of every thousand to 0.2 per thousand.
Breitbart News, for example, has reported that ICE deported over 860 sex offenders from the state of Texas during the first half of FY 2014, 27 percent of who were convicted of sex crimes against children. According to ICE, Texas has removed more than 2,000 sex offenders every year over the past three years.
On drugs, Coulter is equally unequivocal, saying “there’s no question that the majority of heroin and meth in the U.S. is being brought in by Mexicans. See the NYT, Forbes magazine and a billion other mainstream media articles on the topic over the years.”
The Washington Post, for example, reports that Mexico and Columbia “account for more than 90 percent of the U.S. heroin supply, and nearly all of it is smuggled into this country by Mexican traffickers.”
And as FBI reported in 2013, Mexican Transnational Criminal Organizations work with U.S. based gangs most often to traffic drugs, “as drugs provide the primary source of revenue for US-based gangs while MTCOs control most of the cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana trafficked from Mexico into the United States.”
Coulter points out that while the evidence surrounds, the government is not good at collecting or disseminating specific statists about immigrant crime.
“Why don’t we know exactly how many drug dealers in our prisons are foreigners? Why is our [government] refusing to tell us how many immigrants have been convicted of rape or murder in the U.S.? The [government] won’t tell us and the media cover up immigrant crime, while broadcasting every immigrant who wins a spelling bee. the facts that exist suggest that the immigrant crime wave is enormous,” Coulter wrote, pointing out that her book elaborates on those points.
In 2009, when the the Center for Immigration Studies attempted a comprehensive look at the issue of immigrant crime, CIS ran up against the data problem.
Problems with data collection and contrary results characterize information about the link between immigrants and crime. A new estimate from ICE’s Secure Communities Initiative and data from the 287(g) program tend to show high rates of immigrant crime. This directly contradicts earlier academic research based on census data and other demographic and generic crime reporting data. A comparison of the 2000 census and government estimates shows how difficult it is to draw conclusions about immigrant criminality. Results from the 2000 census imply that only about 4 percent of prisoners in jails and prisons are immigrants (legal and illegal), but the new ICE estimates show it is 20 percent. What’s more, an audit by an outside firm of eight million inmate records paid for by ICE found that about 22 percent of inmates are immigrants. But questions remain regarding all of these numbers.
One of the authors of that report, CIS director of research Steven Camorota, told Breitbart Tuesday that the dangers of the porous U.S.-Mexico border are a serious problem but took issue with the idea that one country’s nationals are to blame.
“In my view [Trump] should have said that a failure to control illegal immigration means that anyone who has been previously deported for a serious crime can come right back and live in the United States with little difficulty. It also means that those who have records in their own country can do the same. This is a very seriously problem. But, he should not single out immigrants from one country,” Camorota explained in an email, arguing that the comments were more inflammatory than educational.
Meanwhile Coulter noted that instead of have a debate, the media’s reaction has been to remain silent.
“Incidentally, if Trump and I were wrong, the media wouldn’t have to censor us. But whenever anyone speaks the truth about our current immigration policies: BANNED. Yes, that’s how many facts they have on their side!” she concluded.