Whereas here’s the truth about illegal immigration:
REPORT: Non-Citizens Commit a Disproportionate Share of Federal Crimes
by Brian Thomas
Liberals hate any suggestion that illegal immigrants commit more crimes.
The murder of Kate Steinle in San Francisco escalated the debate, and critics of President Donald Trump repeatedly try to debunk the argument that criminal activity is disproportionately high among illegal immigrants.
Already, though, the latest government data indicates that illegal immigrants commit more crimes than citizens.
A new report by the Center for Immigration Studies now removes all doubt.
However often liberals attempt to defend their beliefs, data from the U.S. Sentencing Commission proves that non-citizens are more likely to commit federal crimes than U.S. citizens.
From the Center for Immigration Studies:
New data from the U.S. Sentencing Commission shows that of those convicted of federal crimes between 2011 and 2016, 44.2 percent were not U.S. citizens — 21.4 percent if immigration crimes are excluded. In comparison, non-citizens are 8.4 percent of the adult population. Of this 8.4 percent, about 4 percent are illegal immigrants and about 4 percent are legal immigrants.
The commission’s data does not distinguish legal status among non-citizens. It is almost certain that a majority of the non-citizens convicted of federal crimes are illegal immigrants. But we cannot say for sure because that information is not provided. What we can say, at least at the federal level, is that non-citizens are more likely to commit crimes than non-citizens.
It’s firstly important to remember that shirking the legal immigration process to sneak into the country or remain here undocumented is a crime. But even excluding immigration-related crimes, more than 21 percent of federal court convictions documented in the data were committed by non-U.S. citizens, who make up only 8.4 percent of the population.
For some reason, the U.S. Sentencing Commission doesn’t distinguish convictions for legal immigrants from convictions for illegal immigrants. As the CIS suggests, it’s likely that illegal immigrants make up the majority of those convictions.
According to the CIS, about 67,000 out of the 312,000 convicted in federal courts between 2011 and 2016 were non-citizens.
It’s clear from the data that non-citizens were sentenced at a higher rate than citizens, but considering that those numbers don’t include immigration-related convictions, the actual number of crimes committed by illegal immigrants is likely even higher.
CIS explains why:
One Additional Caveat. Because it is easier to make an immigration case, federal prosecutors sometimes charge illegal immigrants only with immigration violations, even when they have committed serious non-immigration crimes. Once convicted, an immigrant will still normally serve some time and then be deported, which is often seen by prosecutors as good enough. This, of course, does not happen with citizens. But because of this, conviction data for non-immigration crimes will tend to understate the level of criminal activity among non-citizens.
Here’s a list of findings from the U.S. Sentencing Commission:
Areas where non-citizens account for a much larger share of convictions than their 8.4 percent share of the adult population include:
- 42.4 percent of kidnapping convictions;
- 31.5 percent of drug convictions;
- 22.9 percent of money laundering convictions;
- 13.4 percent of administration of justice offenses (e.g. witness tampering, obstruction, and contempt);
- 17.8 percent of economic crimes (e.g. larceny, embezzlement, and fraud);
- 13 percent of other convictions (e.g. bribery, civil rights, environmental, and prison offenses); and
- 12.8 percent of auto thefts.
Areas where non-citizens account for a share of convictions roughly equal to their share of the adult population include:
- 9.6 percent of assaults;
- 8.9 percent of homicides; and
- 7.5 percent of firearm crimes.
Areas where non-citizens account for a share of convictions lower than their share of the adult population include:
4.1 percent of sex crimes;
3.3 percent of robberies;
4.5 percent of arsons; and
0 percent of burglaries.
This wraps the debate up for good.
If leftists want to continue making their same worn-out arguments, they’ll either have to debunk the U.S. Sentencing Commission, or ignore it and continue spreading their false propaganda.