Donald Trump used his primary wins earlier this week to perpetuate another myth about immigration — must be a day ending in “y”.
“Just look at the record number of people right now that are pouring across the borders of this country, they’re pouring — excuse me, I just read it. And I read it in actually a legitimate journal,” Trump claimed.
If that caused your BS meter to go off the chart right now, you’re right.
The Los Angeles Times explains:
Trump’s claims of record levels of illegal immigration don’t match the facts.
According to recent estimates by the Center for Migration Studies, the number of immigrants living in the country without authorization has fallen to the lowest level since 2003.
“The nation’s population of illegal immigrants, which more than tripled, to 12.2 million, between 1990 and 2007, has dropped by about 1 million,” noted WaPo’s Jerry Markon last year.
As for the border, it’s never been more secure. According to another analysis from the Migration Policy Institute, the federal government spends $18 billion a year on immigration enforcement.
That’s a figure greater than spending on all other federal law enforcement priorities combined.
But, Donald Trump just can’t admit the facts. Fearmongering and flat-out lying is how he’s gotten this far in the primary, and don’t expect him to stop any time soon (ignore that “He’s become so Presidential!” chatter).
Thankfully, most Republican primary voters — and GOP voters in general — favor a pragmatic approach to immigration. Count on Trump facing a rude awakening should he make it to Election Day in November.