Study Finds 2nd Generation Immigrants More Likely to Commit Crimes

Study Finds 2nd Generation Immigrants More Likely to Commit Crimes

“New research shows that second generation immigrants in the U.S. may be more likely to commit crimes than their foreign-born parents. A recent Pew study found that the crime rate among second generation immigrants is significantly higher than the rate amongst first generation immigrants, even during turbulent teen years,” the Daily Caller writes.

“The survey concluded that 25 percent of second generation 16-year-olds were caught committing a crime within the last year, while only 17 percent of recent immigrants were guilty of criminal activity during the same time period.”

Amnesty Supporters Ready for Another Push to Pass House

“Several new efforts to push immigration reform through the House of Representatives by end of year have supporters once again rallying behind the stalled legislation, including a large demonstration last week at the National Mall in which eight congressmen were arrested. Also last week, Evangelical Christians announced their ‘Pray 4 Reform’ campaign urging Congress to pass a bill for moral reasons,” UPI reports.

“Policy experts who oppose the immigration legislation provided other opinions why they believe such reform is not in the best interests of Americans. ‘It has a detrimental effect on Americans who are job seekers,’ said Kristen Williamson, spokeswoman for the conservative Federation of American Immigration Reform. ‘Twenty-two million Americans are [un]employed or underemployed.'”

Obamacare, Not Immigration, A Big Hit for Obama With Hispanics

“Jonathan Alter’s recent book The Center Holds recounts President Obama’s attempt to mobilize Latino voters in 2012 after early focus groups were discouraging. They revealed that ‘Latinos liked the president personally but didn’t think he was effective. … They were largely unfamiliar with achievements like the auto bailout and the health care bill…’ How to respond? Not, it turns out, by talking about immigration reform,” says Mickey Kaus.

“The best way out of that hole was to educate Latino voters about Obamacare, which was immensely popular when Latinos learned the details. The pitch was much more direct than in Obama’s English-language media,” Alter wrote.

Another Illegal Alien Overstayer Gets Turned Loose

“Pascale Fusshoeller, an undocumented journalist from Luxembourg facing deportation after allegedly impersonating her wife during a Nevada City traffic stop last week, was released by immigration officials in Sacramento on Tuesday morning,” the Sacramento Bee reports.

“ICE took Fusshoeller into federal custody last Friday and ordered her deported based on the visa waiver she signed forfeiting her rights ‘to contest any action for deportation except to apply for asylum,’ according to the deportation order signed by Mike Vaughn, assistant field director for ICE in Sacramento.”


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Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


  1. avatar

    Cynthia Curran made an excellent point. I used to wonder why Hispanic immigrants, heavily impacted by illegal immigration in terms of lowered wages, overcrowded schools, hospitals that chose due to too many uninsured patients, don’t come out strongly against illegal immigration. (Bear in mind though, with Arizona’s Proposition 200, to end certain services to illegal immigrants, 47% of the Hispanic vote was FOR it).

    I came to same conclusion – “After my relatives are here, I’ll oppose illegal immigration.” Also, there’s the same mentality that a lot of Americans have, “Just make more noise, march more, demand more and we’ll get more.”

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    cynthia curran on

    Mass immigration will have a familiar, and even disproportionate, impact on Latinos when it comes to such metrics as lower wages, scarcity of services, and crowded classrooms
    A lot of Latinos understand this but they have a relative that is here illegality so they don’t want him to go home. This is the problem. A lot more Latinos would support going against constant immigration from Mexico and the Central American countries if they didn’t have illegal relatives, I know this because I used to work in a call center in the 1990’s in Santa Ana where many of the workers came here young and had illegal relatives that why they opposed prop 187 while I supported it.

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    I believe it’s the dumocRATS pushing for amnesty. The majority of the American people
    don’t want another amnesty. There was an amnesty in 1986 and it didn’t do any good as
    the illegals immigrants just thought that the US wouldn’t do anything about it and
    they keep flooding over the border.

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    Of Course They Commit More Crimes

    Recent overpopulation growth in America due to recent immigration causes our scarce job market even more undo strain….the lower wages from recent American overpopulation causes more crime.

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    Amnesty bill S744:
    This bill jumps legal immigration from its current 1 million immigrants annually to 2 million annually. That will create a Human Katrina tidal wave of humanity swamping our civilization. It will add 100 million people within the next 37 years. No one talks about it and most folks don’t know it is part of the bill. When you understand the ramifications, 100 million people is like adding 20 of the top cities in America. That means we will add another New York City, Detroit, Michigan, Atlanta, GA, Miami, FL, Chicago, IL, Denver, CO, Houston, TX, Dallas, TX, Phoenix, AZ, Los Angles, CA, San Francisco, CA, Seattle, WA and more cities that will need water, energy and resources we don’t possess. Experts give us an idea of the outcome:

    If we don’t halt population growth with justice and compassion, it will be done for us by nature, brutally and without pity – and will leave a ravaged world. ~Nobel Laureate Dr. Henry W. Kendall

    “The raging monster upon the land is population growth. In its presence, sustainability is but a fragile theoretical construct. To say, as many do, that the difficulties of nations are not due to people, but to poor ideology and land-use management is sophistic.” Harvard scholar and biologist E.O. Wilson

    “Unlimited population growth cannot be sustained; you cannot sustain growth in the rates of consumption of resources. No species can overrun the carrying capacity of a finite land mass. This Law cannot be repealed and is not negotiable.” Dr. Albert Bartlett, , University of Colorado, USA.

    “Most Western elites continue urging the wealthy West not to stem the migrant tide [that adds 80 million net gain annually to the planet], but to absorb our global brothers and sisters until their horrid ordeal has been endured and shared by all—ten billion humans packed onto an ecologically devastated planet.” Dr. Otis Graham, Unguarded Gates

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    just another failure of the system that is supposed to be enforcing the laws of this country. If we refuse to enforce the laws that every country in the world enforces and sometimes to the extreme of imprisonment in horrible conditions for years and then deportation immediately afterwards. The recent presidential order for the Border Patrols to quit their jobs and leave the border open to everyone who wants to cross regardless of their intents. Drug Dealers, Terrorists, or just Illegal Immigrants, able now to cross in the hundreds or thousands and drive out the American citizens who have lived in the areas they are coming through for many generations as their land has been passed down from generation to generation. Something has to change for the better. There are approximately 20 to 40 million undocumented/ILLEGAL Aliens in this country. Some of them are here at the bequest of the Mexican Drug Cartels, who the President recently sold military weapons in violation of not just the law, but common sense. Lets face it giving Amnesty to Millions or tens of Millions of people that have broken our laws in some cases for decades, goes beyond stupid. This country is on the verge of bankruptcy because of its government spending Trillions of dollars more than its income especially during these last five years. We can’t afford to drop that many people into the job market. Lets look at the facts, Over ten million people are currently out of work or are working at jobs making much less than they are trained for, simply because so many companies have had to tighten their belts and cut costs during this last decade, and millions more and in danger of losing their jobs because of the implementation of ObamaCare. Amnesty for so many people that have been violating our borders and out laws will degrade our immigration system, and makes the sacrifices so many millions over the years have made in order to enter this country LEGALLY and become citizens. I personally know of one person I used to work with that had been in this country legally for over twenty years, married, bought a house, raised several children through high school and one in college, who eventually qualified for the Naval Academy, and was STILL trying to get his Naturalization paperwork through the system to become a legal citizen. What are we telling these people when those who Violate our laws are given citizenship freely without any of the struggles people like him have had to deal with? One of my Grand-Parents came into this country from Germany. He learned the language, became a citizen and raised a son who joined the Navy. One of the main differences I see between those who enter this country legally and those who don’t, is the effort they put into to learn OUR language. The Legal entries struggle to learn the language as quickly as they can, and the Illegals DON”T. In fact the majority of those illegals barely show any effort to teach their children our language too. This causes some of the Problems we in CA, NV, AZ, and Texas are having right now. Where Mexican Spanish is becoming almost necessary for the Citizens to learn so they can converse with what is rapidly becoming the majority of the population. Since when should it become necessary for the Citizens of this country HAVE to learn a foreign language, in order to speak with those around them?

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    First-generation immigrants, for the most part, are busy working. Second-generation immigrants of school age have time on their hands and more exposure to temptation to commit crimes, depending on where they live. Also, they probably have a greater sense of ENTITLEMENT than their parents. Their parents may have clothing, cars, etc . possibly quite worn, that are probably similar to those of their co-workers, who are probably also immigrants. The younger people are in school with many Americans who pester their parents to buy, buy, buy, even if it means living in debt. Young minds, in young people with time on their hands, are also susceptible to messages of entitlement from groups of immigrants and their supporters, that they have a right to live here, no matter what it costs Americans and earlier immigrants in terms of overcrowding, horrendous vehicle traffic, pollution, consumption of nonrenewable recourses, and tax dollars for their education, medical care, etc. Teenage rebellion, unsettling in any family, has this additional dimension.

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    I oppose the Bill for amnesty for illegals in its current form because it does not address the problems of immigration. It merely allows illegals to become citizens but with no provisions to fix the immigration problem as it exists now. The borders will still be open for more illegal immigrants to come to the United States. We need to eliminate the provision that allows newborns of illegal immigrants automatic citizenship and allows parents to become citizens also. Illegals should be charged for using emergency care just like American citizens are and pay for these services. No more freebies and illegal gang members and criminals should be deported out of the country.

    There are numerous other issues that need to be address like border fencing, more border guards etc. We need to discourage illegal immigrants to come into the country by imposing more penalties and make it harder for them in finding employment.

    The cost of giving amnesty without fixing the problem now would be tremendous in the future when there will be a much greater number of illegals later.

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    Concerned Citizen on

    About Obamacare, many people likely believe that patriotic immigration reformers are right wingers who hate Obamacare and want to oppose Obama at every turn. That isn’t necessarily true. Personally, I don’t think the Affordable Care Act should be 100% scrapped, although it clearly was rushed through Congress without enough vetting and its implementation has been lacking so far.

    I have long believed that we needed to make sure decent health insurance is available to all U.S. citizens on all levels of economic strata. Along with that, I have believed that the Affordable Care Act does mitigate some of the problems of the former, insurer-controlled, sink-or-swim system where you could go bankrupt with medical bills even if you did have coverage, and if you couldn’t afford insurance, that was your own tough luck. Mickey Kaus is demonstrating yet another way that Latinos are American in their basic drives and motives in much the same way as other citizens. Mass immigration will have a familiar, and even disproportionate, impact on Latinos when it comes to such metrics as lower wages, scarcity of services, and crowded classrooms.

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      did you know it had been rushed through without even being read? The vote to pass in through the Senate was done in the middle of the night, now during the daytime when everyone in the Senate could vote on it. Also the President changed the voting requirements for it from 2/3 of the Senate, to a simple majority of those who voted. This allowed this bill to become an unconstitutional law, which was changed in the Supreme court to be a Tax because as written it was unconstitutional. Now the Real problems arise. Taxes MUST originate in the House, MUST. Also, taxes must apply to all Americans equally, not to just the masses, and Congress voted in January to Exempt themselves and their families for life, including the President. “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators or Representatives, and Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States”. Do any of you remember these words directly out of the Constitution from your school days? This passage makes this Law/tax/whatever you want to call it, illegal and Unconstitutional in the extreme, regardless of what the supreme court declared earlier this year.

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    Shirley Vatter on

    NO AMNESTY FOR ILLEGALS!!! We need to seal our borders and not let ANY one from ANY country in! We have so many people here now who need the jobs, the money, etc!!! Do not REWARD someone who is BREAKING THE LAW by giving them AMNESTY or anything else. SEND THEM HOME!

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    Rather ironic that UPI describes FAIR as “conservative”. Let’s check the record about who is concerned about what.

    The environment? It’s FAIR that has long contended what should be obvious to anyone. More population growth means more strain on the environment and our natural resources. More cars on the roads and more undeveloped land is developed. If we are to obtain pollution goals in this country, they are being renedered useless if we achieve a 10% improvement per person in those levels, but our population keeps growing by 10% a decade. But “liberal” organizations like the Sierra Club cast it as hate when you point those things out.

    Workers rights and pay? It’s FAIR that again points out the obvious, that a never ending flood of cheap labor undermines the ability of Americans to demand a decent wage. Oh, you want twelve dollars an hour and medical? Never mind, my business will run to the government and we’ll bring in someone to work for eight, with no benefits.

    So why are so called “liberals” supporting the wishes and desires of billionaires and big business for cheap labor over paying Americans a decent wage? The top 1 % gets more and more, and has for the last 30 years, and liberals condemn that but drink the kool ade this same 1 % says about immigration.