Sunday, November 13, 2016

More bad data: the number of criminal undocumented immigrants is 180k, not 3 million

We're just a few days after the election and the bad data tsunami I announced is catching momentum. In this interview with CBS after winning, Trump says that he's planning to deport up to 3 million undocumented immigrants “with criminal records”.

In case you feel tempted to normalize or spin this somehow, consider that the real number of undocumented immigrants with criminal records is less than 180,000, something that Trump himself knows very well. This may mean that the definition of “criminal” his administration will use right after inauguration will be dangerously wide and vague. It also means that, contrary to what some prominent journalists who are victims of baseless wishful thinking say, Trump remains committed to his most authoritarian ideas.