President Donald Trump said Monday that crime in Germany is “way up” thanks to its welcoming of immigrants, but according to Germany’s own officials, the country’s crime rate is the lowest it has been in more than 20 years.
German publication Deutsche Welle reported last month that overall crime is down 10 percent from last year, and “taken as a percentage of the population, the crime rate is actually at its lowest in 30 years”.
"Germany has become safer," Interior Minister Horst Seehofer proclaimed on Tuesday morning in Berlin, as he presented the latest crime statistics for the first time since taking over the post in the new German government.
However, Seehofer's press briefing still had a somber tone to it. The interior minister acknowledged that the latest trends come at a time of public wariness, fueled largely by an increase in terror attacks in recent years, coupled with the influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees.
But Andre Schulz, head of Germany’s Federation of German Police Officers, told the publication that the difference between public sentiment and actual safety is “a paradox, saying the two are unaffected by one another.
Still, Trump would have Americans believe allowing too many immigrants to enter the country would result in untold levels of crime – despite the fact that immigrants both legal and undocumented commit fewer crimes than those born in the United States.
The president also showed his hand by admitting he sees immigration as a threat to American culture. After saying in his first tweet that countries all across Europe made the mistake of “allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!”, Trump said:
“We don’t want what is happening with immigration in Europe to happen with us!”