Trump is misusing crime statistics to scare us
President Donald Trump wants the federal government to start publishing weekly lists of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants. An executive order on "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States" that Trump signed last month calls for the reports, which would also identify "sanctuary jurisdictions," cities and counties where local law enforcement authorities don't report immigration status violations to the federal government.
But from my own work building a national database of crimes by police officers, I've learned that collecting and distributing reliable stats in real time may be much harder than Trump thinks. Especially for an administration that seems to have little regard for facts, good data or scientific integrity.