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The original sin of the Trump presidency was  in the speech he made announcing his candidacy. “When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best,” he said in front of a crowd of paid supporters. “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

While racist dog whistles aren't new to conservative politicians, Trump had no problem saying the quiet part out loud and 60 million Americans thanked him for it by voting for him to be president.

Multiple studies show that racial resentment was the number one issue motivating Trump voters. So, he’s had no problem rewarding his base with lies and fear-mongering about immigrants.


However, his claims that the country is in danger of being “overwhelmed” by “massive increases in illegal crossings” that will bring “horrible crime,” are far from true.

Sahil Kapur, national political reporter for Bloomberg, laid out the truth about immigrants on one easy-to-read tweet.

Fact 1: The undocumented population has been mostly flat since 2007

According to Pew Research, there are 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., which is down from a high of 12.2 million in 2007. It’s believed that the economic downturn that started in 2008 caused a decrease in border crossings and caused some to return home.

Fact 2: There’s no evidence illegal immigration boosts violent crime

While Trump may trot out high-profile incidents of violence caused by undocumented immigrants for political gain, according to the peer-reviewed journal "Criminology," they are exceptions that fail to prove the rule.

Michael Light, a criminologist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, looked at whether illegal immigration over the last three decades caused an increase in violent crimes: murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

“We found no evidence that undocumented immigration increases the prevalence of any of those outcomes,” Light said. “Increased undocumented immigration since 1990 has not increased violent crime over that same time period,” Light said.

In fact, the crime rate has significantly decreased over that same period.

A 2008 study by the University of California supports Light’s claims. “American-born men between 18 and 39 are five times more likely to be incarcerated than foreign born men of the same age, including undocumented ones,” the report says.

Another study of crime in Texas published in the libertarian-leaning Reason.com agrees. “In 2015, the rate of convictions per 100,000 undocumented immigrants [in Texas] was 16 percent lower than that of the native-born,” the study says. While the illegal immigrant conviction rate for homicide was “56 percent below that of the native born.”

Fact 3: First-generation immigrants commit less crime than native-born Americans

According to Pew Research, native-born Americans commit crimes at a much higher rate than first-generation immigrants. Second generation immigrants commit crimes a rates similar to the native-born.

Why do immigrants commit less crime than native-born Americans?

“Immigrants are driven by pursuit of education and economic opportunities for themselves or their families,” Light said. “Moreover, migration—especially undocumented migration—requires a lot of motivation and planning. Those are characteristics that aren’t highly correlated with a high crime-prone disposition.”

So, according to the data, Trump should revise his rhetoric from the first speech of his candidacy by saying: “Most, if not all, immigrants are ‘good people.’”

Joy

1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

Noe Hernandez and Maria Carrillo, the owners of Noel Barber Shop in Anaheim, California.

Jordyn Poulter was the youngest member of the U.S. women’s volleyball team, which took home the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics last year. She was named the best setter at the Tokyo games and has been a member of the team since 2018.

Unfortunately, according to a report from ABC 7 News, her gold medal was stolen from her car in a parking garage in Anaheim, California, on May 25.

It was taken along with her passport, which she kept in her glove compartment. While storing a gold medal in your car probably isn’t the best idea, she did it to keep it by her side while fulfilling the hectic schedule of an Olympian.

"We live this crazy life of living so many different places. So many of us play overseas, then go home, then come out here and train,” Poulter said, according to ABC 7. "So I keep the medal on me (to show) friends and family I haven't seen in a while, or just people in the community who want to see the medal. Everyone feels connected to it when they meet an Olympian, and it's such a cool thing to share with people."

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Hold on, Frankie! Mama's coming!

How do you explain motherhood in a nutshell? Thanks to Cait Oakley, who stopped a preying bald eagle from capturing her pet goose as she breastfed her daughter, we have it summed up in one gloriously hilarious TikTok.

The now viral video shows the family’s pet goose, Frankie, frantically squawking as it gets dragged off the porch by a bald eagle—likely another mom taking care of her own kiddos.

Wearing nothing but her husband’s boxers while holding on to her newborn, Willow, Oakley dashes out of the house and successfully comes to Frankie's rescue while yelling “hey, hey hey!”

The video’s caption revealed that the Oakleys had already lost three chickens due to hungry birds of prey, so nothing was going to stop “Mama bear” from protecting “sweet Frankie.” Not even a breastfeeding session.

Oakley told TODAY Parents, “It was just a split second reaction ...There was nowhere to put Willow down at that point.” Sometimes being a mom means feeding your child and saving your pet all at the same time.

As for how she feels about running around topless in her underwear on camera, Oakley declared, “I could have been naked and I’m like, ‘whatever, I’m feeding my baby.’”

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