Data Dispute Trump's Claims About Sanctuary Cities as Hotbeds of Crime

The "sanctuary cities" that President Trump has repeatedly characterized as incubators of crime are generally safer than other cities, according to a new analysis of FBI crime data.
February 3, 2017, 8am PST | Todd Litman
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"The 'sanctuary cities' that President Trump has repeatedly characterized as incubators of crime are generally safer than other cities, according to a new analysis of FBI crime data," reports Christopher Ingraham.

Ingraham is reporting an analysis of FBI crime data by Tom Wong, a professor of political science at the University of California at San Diego, which "finds that counties designated as 'sanctuary' areas by ICE typically experience significantly lower rates of all types of crime, including lower homicide rates, than comparable non-sanctuary counties."

The Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank, published the analysis.

A few more details of Wong's findings: "In smaller counties and even rural areas, crime rates were also lower for sanctuary areas," with the exception of "medium metros and counties on the fringes of large metro areas, which had slightly higher crime rates if they were sanctuary areas."

The study includes a lot more on the analysis into sanctuary cities, and the now debunked talking points that helped President Donald Trump get elected.

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Published on Thursday, February 2, 2017 in The Washington Post
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