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.”