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Do illegal aliens commit more crime than their lawful immigrant and legal U.S. citizens? That’s a question that has been repeatedly raised in the ongoing debate about American immigration policy. And the answer is likely to influence the degree to which American voters support measures such as the construction of a southern border wall.
Open-borders advocates and the mainstream media constantly argue that it’s a settled issue — illegal aliens are far less likely to commit crimes than citizens or even lawfully present immigrants. They argue that illegal aliens don’t want to draw the attention of law enforcement and risk deportation from the United States, so they stay on their best behavior.
Unfortunately, this couldn’t be farther from the truth.
A new study released by my group, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), found that illegal aliens are, on average, more than three times as likely to end up behind bars as their non-illegal peers. The report, which covered 10 states that together comprise 65 percent of the nation’s total illegal alien population, should put to rest the question of illegal alien criminality.
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Overall, the report found that more than 110,000 illegal aliens were reported as incarcerated in state and local detention facilities within the covered states. In California, which boasts the largest illegal alien population in the country, illegal aliens are more than three times as likely to be incarcerated as non-illegal aliens. The state with the largest incarceration disparity is New Jersey, where illegal aliens are five and a half times as likely to end up in jail.
Notably, this report does not include illegal aliens who have committed federal crimes, including most immigration-related crimes, meaning that the numbers in the study are by far on the conservative side.
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These conclusions came from the most recent data reported to the federal government via...
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