President Donald Trump and 1st lady Melania Trump will invite three relatives of victims of deadly crimes committed by undocumented immigrants to the president's joint address prior to Congress on Tuesday.
The White Property guest list involves Jessica Davis and Susan Oliver, widows of California police officers killed in the line of duty by a person living in the country illegally, and Jamiel Shaw Sr., whose son was shot by an undocumented immigrant.
The guests highlight the president's focus on crimes allegedly committed by immigrants in his push for tighter immigration controls.
Kicking off his presidential campaign back in 2015, Trump created a controversy when he mentioned immigrants from Mexico was had been "bringing crime" and "they’re rapists."
Shortly following taking workplace, Trump issued an executive order directing the Division of Homeland Security to publish weekly lists of “criminal actions committed by aliens and any jurisdiction that ignored or otherwise failed to honor any detainers with respect to such aliens.”
But a number of scientific research conducted over the past quite a few years contradict the idea that immigrants are responsible for a disproportionate share of crime.
The analysis concludes that immigrants are not much more probably than U.S.-born people to take component in crime, Christopher P. Salas-Wright, an assistant professor at Boston University’s School of Social Work, told Politifact in 2016. "Once more and once more, we see proof that they are not," Salas-Wright said. "In reality, it’s the opposite."
A 2016 study published in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology in fact suggests that communities that recorded considerable increases in immigration had a sharper reduction in crime compared to locations that had significantly less immigration.
The Cato Institute, a libertarian consider tank, known as the research on immigrants and crime "fairly 1-sided," noting that "with handful of exceptions, immigrants are significantly less crime prone than natives or have no impact on crime rates."
ABC News' Jim Avila and Alisa Wiersema contributed to this report.
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