Busting Myths About Illegal Aliens And Crime

Countering persistent claims that illegal aliens are more law-abiding than native-born U.S. citizens, new FAIR research finds that the reverse is true – by a wide margin.

Take New York, please. Illegal aliens there are 187 percent more likely to end up in jail than citizens or lawfully present immigrants, FAIR reports. In California, the differential is 231 percent. Eight other states with large illegal alien populations ranged between 42 percent (New Mexico) and 440 percent (New Jersey).

Using data from the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) and cataloging some of the more horrific crimes by illegal aliens, the study confirms what Americans uneasily glimpse on the evening news. It’s worse than the mainstream media let on.

In Texas, unlawfully present aliens are 60 percent more likely to be incarcerated than citizens and legal immigrants.

“Texas’s slightly lower incarceration rate compared to other states is likely due to the increased federal law enforcement presence at and near the state’s border with Mexico, as well as a deterrent effect that stems from Texas’s willingness to prosecute illegal aliens and turn them over to federal law enforcement,” the FAIR study explains.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, between June 1, 2011, and Jan. 31, 2019, 189,000 illegal aliens were charged with more than 295,000 criminal offenses. That’s more than 100 crimes a day.

Alarming as Texas’s numbers are, they understate the problem because they do not count illegal aliens serving sentences on federal charges ranging from document fraud to alien smuggling, drug trafficking and murder.

So how do the Cato Institute and others in the open-borders lobby arrive at their claim of lower criminality among illegal aliens?

“[Their] Illegal-immigrant crime calculations conveniently and invariably steal a base by leaving out the millions of crimes committed by illegal immigrants related to procuring fraudulent Social Security numbers, obtaining false drivers’ licenses, using fraudulent green cards and improperly accessing public benefits,” the FAIR report notes.

“That error is then compounded when researchers intentionally elect to leave out broad classes of crimes, for example, drug offenses,” FAIR found.

Cato, a libertarian think tank, reflexively vilifies drug-enforcement efforts while pushing looser immigration policies. Could it be mere coincidence that their research downplays the scope and scale of criminal activities by illegal aliens?

“When making immigration policy, it is important to be honest about the facts,” FAIR concluded. “Hopefully, this study will encourage legislators, the media and academic researchers to demand better information on illegal aliens and crime.”


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    Check your local booking reports and you’ll see that most police depts classify hispanic offenders as white.

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    matthew pinkham on

    Good piece , I would like to add one thing. To show the American people what the dems really stand for, the President should ask congress to make it a felony for crossing or over staying your visa. The president should also ask congress to make it a felony if you hire an illegal alien. The president will tell congress he will no longer look to build the fence. The Dems will either say no which will will make them for open borders and that would be political suicide or they will say yes and we would have all the illegals leaving on their own. It would be a massive win for the President in any scenario.

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    Mark Andrew Dwyer on

    According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, propaganda is … “dissemination of information—facts, arguments, rumours, half-truths, or lies—to influence public opinion.”

    So, let’s call the “studies” by Cato Institute and open-border lobby for what they really are:


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    We’ve Become Desensitized to Continuous Violence from OVERPOPULATION?

    Or worse yet we’ve given up fighting the invasion and surrendered?

    Build the WALL has become symbolic to keep America sovereign…

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    Last week Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke stood in front of cameras at a border fence in El Paso. He was asked if he would tear it down. He answered with an unequivocal yes. Now that there’s been negative feedback, he’s decided that a barrier is appropriate “in some places”. This statement begs many questions. The first is doesn’t this destroy the argument that “walls don’t work”? And all the word parsing about wall/fence/ barrier is just that, word parsing, it’s all the same thing when it comes down to it, they are intended to stop those crossing the border or at least delay them so the border patrol can get there. It’s like arguing whether a Ford or a Nissan is a car.

    The second would be how does that statement line up with the views of so many Democrats, including Pelosi, that walls/barriers are “immoral”. The third question would be how do you trust a thing he says when he makes such a substantial turn around in a week. The answer is you don’t and you are a kool-ade drinking fool if you do. Like most Democrats and a good portion of Republicans, he will say whatever it takes to get a vote and then once in office go right back to advocating policies that are in effect open borders. McCain did it every six years. Get tough during the primary and then right back to complete amnesty for millions once in office.

    The time for Britain to leave the European Union, voted on by their citizens two years ago, is at the end of March. Now a lot of the politicians who were against it but pledged to uphold the results are now trying to throw roadblocks in the way. What made anyone think that voting for people who opposed what you wanted were not going to betray you in the end? Just more pond scum politicians.

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    Superb job, Mr. Dane! Very interesting article to read. Hopefully the wall will be built. The prisoners in the US will not have to feel singled out.