Kris Kobach, a first-class bigot and liar who chairs Trump’s voter fraud commission, also writes a column for Breitbart.com. Well, he kinda writes it. What he actually does, as Media Matters documents, is cut and paste from chain emails and racists to justify lying about immigrants and crime.
75 percent of those on the most wanted criminals lists in Los Angeles, Phoenix and Albuquerque are illegal aliens.
More than 53 percent of burglaries investigated in the border region states of California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas are committed by illegal aliens.
Now let’s look at the sourcing of those quotes:
Kobach linked to ConstitutionParty.com and ConservativeTruth.org for his sourcing, respectively. Both statistics are longtime claims that have been made repeatedly in chain letters and message boards.
His bullet point about the “most wanted” list has appeared virtually word-for-word in letters, comment sections, Yahoo! Answers, and message boards going back over a decade…
3. “75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.”
We traced this figure to something circulating on the Internet under the name “the 2006 (First Quarter) INS/FBI Statistical Report on Undocumented Immigrants.” The “report” contains similar figures for Phoenix, Albuquerque and other cities. But it isn’t an actual government document. The INS ceased to exist in 2003, after the Department of Homeland Security was created.
There’s something really disturbing about a work of fakery meant to tarnish an entire class of people. You wonder what kind of person would pen such a thing.…Kobach’s sourcing for his claim that “75 percent of those on the most wanted criminals lists in Los Angeles, Phoenix and Albuquerque are illegal aliens” is from a piece by “Peter B. Gemma” for the ConstitutionParty.com.
As the Southern Poverty Law Center has documented, Gemma is a racist writer who has worked for the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens and has been a “part of the American Holocaust denial movement.”
So he “quotes” a non-existent government report and a white supremacist with no more access to such data than anyone else. In other words, exactly what we have come to expect from both Kobach and Breitbart.com, where evidence is irrelevant and manipulated to support a racist, nativist agenda. None of this is even remotely surprising. You’d think that we could expect better from elected officials, and perhaps we once could, but not anymore. Not since the Tea Party brought the John Birch Society back to life and made it a major player in the Republican party.
Not in the age of Trump, where truth is considered completely irrelevant and where nativism, bigotry and demagoguery are the primary means of appealing to the hard-right base that he commands. Many studies have been done on this subject and they show that immigrants, both undocumented and documented, commit crime at a significantly lower level than American citizens. But you can’t sell a fear-based narrative on such a basis, so Kobach and Trump just lie about it and use anecdotes in place of data.