Donald Trump has taken the stage to assert that "crime in Germany is way up" and that the US does not want what is happening in Europe to happen within its own borders.
There's only one problem with this claim — it's false, and no evidence was provided to back it up. In fact, Interior Minister Horst Seeholfer, who himself is immigration-skeptical, has released new data indicating that Germany's crime rate is at its lowest level since 1992.
This report details a 5.1 percent drop in crime over the previous year, according to the most recent numbers available, and a total of 5.76 million crimes were reported.
"The number of crimes committed in Germany is the lowest since 1992," said Seehofer. “The frequency of fewer than 7,000 cases for every 100,000 inhabitants is unprecedented, even in a 30-year comparison.”
Overall the number of politically motivated crimes fell by 4.9 percent in 2017, and are related to the use of propaganda. The number of violent crimes by the left rose 15.6 percent from the previous year to 1,967, which is attributed to the G20 summit in Hamburg. Violent crimes linked to the political right decreased by 33.5 percent to 1,130 incidents.
The country saw a decrease in attacks on refugee shelters and asylum seekers, with 312 offences being reported in 2017 — a staggering drop from the 995 reported just one year earlier.
The President most likely read this government-sponsored report showing that violent crime had increased by 10 percent between 2015 and 2016 in the German state of Lower Saxony. The study found that 90 percent of the increase in violent crime was because of young male refugees, but instead of recommending deportation to cure this issue, the report concluded that language classes, sports and increased job opportunities would help lower the crime rate.
However, according to the most recent numbers, violent crime is higher than in 2014, but it is on the decline now. Put simply, the rate did increase when immigrants came to the country, but not by the amount that Trump suggested.
Interestingly enough, the study noted that migrants from war zones, such as Syria, were less likely to commit violent crimes.
The policies of Trump's team focus on the anti-refugee narrative and his administration is determined to stroke fear that violent criminals may be trying to abuse the immigration system. His administration is painting a picture of immigrants being akin to "animals" and claims more attention should be paid to the violent crimes immigrants might commit.
"The narratives we don’t see are the narratives of the crime, of the opioids, of the smugglers, of who are people killed by gang members, of American children who are recruited and then when they lose the drugs, they’re tased and beaten," Kristjen Nielsen, Secretary of DHS, said to the press.