Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Fact-checking on Immigration

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Fact-checking on Immigration

The article “Independent Progressive: Doublespeak on Immigrants — Fairfax County in League with Trump?”(Reston Connection, Nov. 8-14, 2017) should have mentioned the surprisingly low crime rates that immigrants have compared to regular American citizens. There are significant barriers for immigrants when it comes to police enforcement because of the Trump administration.

According to the New York Times and census data from 1980-2010 among men ages 18-49, immigrants were one-half to one-fifth as likely to be incarcerated as those born in the United States. The Fairfax County police shouldn’t be in cooperation with the Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Fairfax County law enforcement should keep on trying to pledge resolutions on not cooperating with the federal government especially now that Trump and his immigration plan are in effect.

The fact that our county is making money off the suffering of our immigrant communities is terrible. Most immigrants do not commit as many crimes as citizens because they are in such a close-knit society and Trump should check his facts before he goes and calls immigrants just a bunch of “rapists and murderers.”

Colin Stone