Target: Donald Trump
Goal: Condemn Trump for horrible statements on Mexican immigrants.
Donald Trump recently made several offensive and horrifying verbal attacks against illegal immigrants in an interview with CNN Tonight commentator Don Lemon. These comments include the idea that “rapists” and “killers” are coming into the United States via the southern border. He want on to say that if, “You look at the statistics of people coming, you look at the statistics of rape, on crime, on everything coming in illegally coming in illegally into this country it’s mind-boggling!” Lemon replied that the article Trump was referring to are about women being raped, not about criminals coming across the border. In fact, it was about immigrant women being raped. Trump defended himself by saying, “Well, somebody’s doing the raping, Don! I mean somebody’s doing it! Who’s doing the raping? Who’s doing the raping?” Demand Trump apologize immediately for verbally attacking Mexican immigrants.
These comments come entirely from an ignorant and extremely subjective point of view devoid of facts and statistics. In fact, there are statistics according to Justice Quarterly that foreign-born individuals have extreme low involvement in crime across the course of their life. Furthermore, according to the Pew Research Center, the crime rate among first-generation immigrants is significantly lower than the overall crime rate. Since undocumented immigrants represent more than a quarter of the immigrant population, it is almost impossible that the overall-immigrant population could be so much lower if the undocumented-immigrant crime rate were significantly higher. There is essentially no correlation between immigrants and violent crime.
Trump’s comments are ignorant to the fact that the majority of Mexican people immigrating to the United States work hard to have a better life and respect the rules of society. Sign this petition to condemn the hateful, ignorant, and offensive comments Trump made that lumps hard-working people into one lump that mitigates all the good they do for the United States.
Dear Donald Trump,
I am writing this petition letter to you to express my disapproval and sadness over the statements you recently made regarding people who have emigrated from Mexico. You stated that “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best…They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re bringing rapists.”
I would like to argue that when Mexico “sends its people” to the United States, they are not bringing problems but hope and excitement for the future. I am appalled that someone could make such ignorant and cruel comments about a group of people who are extremely hard working and who just who want to have a better future in the United States. By grouping together an entire population, you are not only being extremely racist, you are minimizing the accomplishments of immigrants who have helped to shape American society into a more productive and inclusive environment. To allege that immigrants coming from the southern border are doing all of the “killing” and “raping” is extremely offensive and painful.
Not only were your statements full of hate, they were completely devoid of facts. The article that your referred to in your interview with CNN actually spoke of the rape of immigrant women. Data from the United States census among other studies have shown that incarceration rates amount young men are lowest for immigrants, even those are the least educated. It is important to note that holds true for Mexican, Salvadoran, and Guatemalan immigrants, who make up the majority of undocumented immigrants. Moreover, men born in the United States are incarcerated at a rate of over two-and-a-half times than men who are foreign born.
As a presidential candidate, you have lost constituents who have immigrant roots as well as those who are of a more progressive mindset than yours. Furthermore, by holding true to your comments, you send the message that not only do you have an ignorant mindset, but a stubborn one where you are unable to admit your mistakes. I suggest that the next time you attempt to slander a group that is already severely marginalized in society, you check your facts because false statements such as your own do nothing to elevate the consciousness of society on issues such as immigration.
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