This video from the USA says about itself:
18 June 2018
Donald Trump has been caught lying about the crime rates of immigrants in Germany. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.
“In the midst of a domestic battle over his own administration’s strict immigration policy, President Trump took aim at Germany’s Angela Merkel on Monday — arguing in a tweet that the German chancellor’s more open policies toward migration and refugees had led to a crisis in her government coalition.
But in making his argument against Merkel’s “big mistake”, Trump claimed that crime in Germany was “way up.” That claim is not supported by recent statistics. Notably, Merkel’s biggest challenger on immigration policy is on record as saying just last month that crime in Germany was the lowest it had been in decades.
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer had released new crime figures in May that pointed to an overall decline in Germany during the past year. The figures showed that 5.76 million crimes were reported in 2017 — a drop of 5 percent from 2016 and the lowest number since 1992. Given the increases in Germany’s population, Seehofer told reporters in Berlin, this meant that Germany’s reported crime rate was at the lowest it had been for three decades.”
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Ironically, Seehofer, while admitting that crime rates have gone down, is an anti-refugee hardliner, causing a government crisis as he says that Merkel is not anti-refugee enough.
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NIELSEN STANDS BY ‘ZERO TOLERANCE’ In a contentions press conference Monday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy that has led to the forced separated thousands of children from their families. Asked if the separations were tantamount to child abuse, Nielsen tersely replied, “Be more specific, please.” Echoing President Donald Trump, Nielsen blamed congressional Democrats for refusing to close “loopholes.” [HuffPost]
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