Kristin Hook is a scientist working for the government who was furloughed. She decided to use her unwanted ‘free time’ to research into the actual claims that are being made to justify the building of a wall, such as that there is a crisis along the southern border that can only be met with a wall. She says that there are three elements to the argument for the wall.
(A) there has been a dramatic increase in people crossing our border over time,
(B) there is an increase in crime with an increase in immigration, and immigrants commit more crimes than those within our borders, and/or
(C) current strategies for border security are ineffective.
Then in a remarkably clear Twitter thread she analyzes the data for each claim and arrives at the final conclusion:
In sum, there is NO EVIDENCE that there is a border crisis that requires building a wall. The number of immigrants coming into the US are decreasing, and they are not causing any upticks in crime. A wall is an unnecessary feature and would be a total waste of taxpayer money.
What there is by Donald Trump is cherry picking on a massive scale, and with every crime that is committed by an undocumented immigrant heavily publicized by him and his surrogates. When they are confronted by data showing that immigrants commit crimes at a lower rate that those already here, they make the outlandish claim that even a single death is one death too many. This is a standard that is not applied to any other crime. Why is it that one death due to someone who obtained a gun when they should not have been able to not lead to a massive effort to curb easy gun availability?
What is also notable is that Hook gives actual sources for her data. This is routine for a scientist but not for Twitter. Well worth a read.