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Donald Trump Asks “Who’s Doing The Raping”? Here’s The Answer

According to Donald Trump, the Mexican immigrants in the U.S. illegally are "doing the raping." We did a little math on that claim

Jul 02, 2015 at 3:34 PM ET

“Who’s doing the raping?”

That’s what reality TV star turned 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump asked CNN host Don Lemon on Wednesday while tripling down on his controversial comments that illegal immigrants from Mexico are murderers and rapists. Like all nationalities, some illegal immigrants from Mexico have been deported or arrested for rape, but they are not the ones typically “doing the raping” in the U.S., according to crime and immigration statistics analyzed by Vocativ.

There were 173,610 reported rapes and sexual assaults in the U.S. in 2013 (the most recent data available), according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics Criminal Victimization report. The report does not break down crimes by race or ethnicity, so there is no way to determine how many of those rapes were committed by any particular group based on the report alone. However, the FBI’s 2013 Uniform Crime Report—a snapshot of crime statistics based on reporting from 18,000 law enforcement agencies across the U.S.—found that about 20 percent (34,600) of the rapes in the U.S. are committed by Latinos, which is fairly reflective of the population. (Hispanics make up roughly 18 percent of the U.S. population.)

Of the roughly 54 million Hispanics living in the U.S., 64 percent are Mexican, according to a 2013 U.S. Census report. Of the 34,560,000 Mexicans living in the U.S., 16 percent (5,824,000) are in the country illegally, according to a 2014 Pew Research Center study.

Based on that breakdown, it would stand to reason that Mexican immigrants in the country illegally would be responsible for about 3,543—or 2 percent—of the 173,610 rapes committed in the U.S. in 2013.

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