Do illegal immigrants have high crime rates? . . . and other commentary

Law professor: Do Illegals Have High Crime Rates?

One of the biggest debates on the immigration issue is whether the crime rates of undocumented migrants are higher than those of the US population generally. Barry Latzer at City Journal maintains that, despite heated claims on both sides, no one can know for sure without “reliable data” on the size of the group — “and we simply don’t know how many illegal aliens there are.” Moreover, most states don’t break down crime data by legal citizenship. Texas, however, does — and from 2012 to 2017, they constituted nearly 10 percent of apprehended murderers. Still, “no amount of crime by those who enter this country unlawfully should be acceptable, because it is ‘extra’ crime that wouldn’t occur if our border security were effective.”

From the right: Imagine if AOC Was a Conservative

Lucky for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that she’s a socialist, suggests Marc Thiessen at The Washington Post. If she were a conservative, “all anyone would be talking about is how uninformed she is.” She would be facing “trick questions from reporters designed to expose her lack of knowledge and brutal sketches on ‘Saturday Night Live’ mocking her intelligence and fitness for office.” Think Sarah Palin and Dan Quayle. After all, “it’s not that there is a lack of material.” But instead, “SNL” “fawns over her,” while late-night host Stephen Colbert, “far from making jokes at her expense,” eats ice cream with her and asks how many “f–ks” she gives about her critics. The striking lone exception: Whoopi Goldberg, who warned her on “The View” to “sit still for a moment and learn the job.”

From the right: Dems’ Surprising Silence on Venezuela

All over the world, reports Monica Showalter at American Thinker, ­nations and leaders are voicing support for the people of Venezuela as they come together en masse to “nonviolently shake off a detested socialist dictatorship that has left their country in ruins.” President Trump, of course, has recognized Juan Guaidó as interim president, and protesters are getting support and open encouragement from the European Union, Organization of American States and Inter-American Development Bank. But congressional Democrats remain “curiously, weirdly silent.” That’s especially surprising, since they are normally such “a noisy bunch on Twitter.” Could it be that “the collapse of socialism is an embarrassing topic for Democrats, who are trying to sell it here?”

Political scribe: Florida Is Still Trump’s State To Lose

Democratic hopes notwithstanding, President Trump remains the favorite in 2020 to carry Florida — the nation’s biggest swing state, according to Politico’s Marc Caputo. Newly released voter data suggest the driving force is “white voters who broke Republican and showed up in such big numbers in 2018 that it looked as if they were casting ballots in a presidential election and not a midterm.” Which is why last November’s results — Republicans held the governor’s mansion, ousted a three-term US Senate incumbent and dominated the state Legislature — were “soul crushing” for Democrats, given their “hype and hopes.” And this despite an unprecedented Democratic outreach effort that produced record turnout by young, African-American and Hispanic voters. But the Latinos who came out in strongest numbers were Cuban-Americans, the lone Hispanic group that votes Republican.

Tech watch: China Wants to Dominate the Internet

The yearlong US-China trade war over technology is actually a symptom of “a much larger strategic showdown” — one in which Emily de La Bruyere and Nathan Picarsic at Bloomberg say Beijing is set on a “decisive victory.” The goal: building a “ubiquitous and universally used information-network system” that would “increase the world’s reliance on Chinese technology and erode US strategic advantages.” It’s a two-step plan: China is “importing ideas and innovation from overseas” while “using the technologies it exports to collect data from abroad.” Then it plans to “lace all these systems together” to make Chinese technology “a foundation for the global flow of information and transactions.” America and its allies, they warn, “must recognize this threat and prepare to respond forcefully.”

— Compiled by Eric Fettmann

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