Trump at an election rally on Friday in front of thousands of supporters in Arizona, CNBC reported:
“Democrats want to throw your borders wide open to criminals. I want to build a wall,” Trump told the crowd. “The Democrats don’t care that a flood of illegal immigration is going to bankrupt our country.”
- President Donald Trump on Monday escalated his attacks on the caravan of migrants making their way to the United States from Honduras, calling the situation a national emergency and declaring without evidence that “Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in.”
- “I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy,” the president wrote in the first of a series of posts on Twitter about the caravan, apparently misspelling the word “emergency.”
- Trump also said that his administration would begin to cut off or reduce foreign aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
While since 1980 the size of the Central American immigrant population has grown nearly tenfold, it still represents only about 1 percent of the US population (3 million of 300 million). This is hardly a threat to our security or economic economic well being.
The following is taken from an article by The Migration Policy Institute. For details read the entire MPT article.
Over the past several years, Central American migration to the United States has been the focal point of significant media and public policy attention, as the number of unaccompanied children and families fleeing gang violence and poverty has risen dramatically. In 2015, approximately 3.4 million Central Americans resided in the United States, representing 8 percent of the 43.3 million U.S. immigrants. Eighty-five percent of Central Americans in the United States were from the Northern Triangle, formed by El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
The region continues to suffer from poor political and socioeconomic conditions, including some of the world’s highest homicide rates and widespread gang violence, which drive ongoing migration. A growing number of unaccompanied children and families from Central America have arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border since 2011, largely from the Northern Triangle. In fiscal year (FY) 2016 alone, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) intercepted nearly 46,900 unaccompanied children and more than 70,400 family units from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras accounted for almost 90 percent of the total growth in the population since 1980. Other Central American groups showed more moderate increases over the past 35 years.
Click here for an interactive chart showing changes in the number of immigrants from Central America in the United States over time. Select individual countries from the dropdown menu.
For more facts about migration from Central America see The PEW Research Center – Hispanic Trends
Also From the Ethical Journalism Network see The Trump Card: How US news media dealt with a migrant hate manifesto.:
Trump’s anti-immigrant bombast defied normal journalistic fact-checking practices because it seemed to many to be deliberately, almost tauntingly devoid of any factual foundation. But as he repeated his charges on the campaign trail – and as they were then replayed hourly on television news – polls showed that many potential voters accepted them as established facts.