Justice Matters: Illegal Immigrants Commit Less Crime, Not More 

Illegally entering this country is a crime.  So, by definition, all illegal immigrants have committed crimes. And, without doubt, some of these illegal immigrants then commit other crimes.  However, the idea that illegal aliens go on to commit more crimes than the rest of us, or even anywhere close as many, simply doesn’t hold up to legitimate scrutiny.

Serious people on both sides of the aisle agree:  The best data we have show that illegal immigrants commit less crime, not more.

Cato Institute

Both “illegal immigrants and legal immigrants have incarceration rates far below those of native-born Americans.” (Source: https://www.cato.org/blog/immigration-myths-crime-number-illegal-immigrants)

The Police Foundation

“The perception [is] that the foreign-born, especially ‘illegal aliens,’ are responsible for higher crime rates … [but] these perceptions are not supported empirically, instead, [they are] refuted by the preponderance of scientific evidence. Both contemporary and historical studies have instead shown that immigration is associated with lower crime rates and lower incarceration rates.” (Source: https://www.policefoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Appendix-D_0.pdf)

Breitbart (without intending to)

Even the clown princes of xenophobia can’t find legit data to show that illegal aliens are a disproportionate source of crime. Instead, they choose to attack the GAO, FBI and DOJ data, because, as we all know, those groups have a long history of tilting the scales in favor of illegal immigrants.

Quoting from Breitbart’s website:

“A lawsuit has been filed against the Department of Justice (DOJ), the FBI, and the Bureau of Prisons to force the production of records that demonstrate accurate illegal alien crime rates.”

“Although the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report in 2011 admitting that over 20,000 U.S. citizens and legal residents were killed by illegal aliens, [the group filing the lawsuit says] it is “far higher.” ( Source: http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2016/11/03/federal-lawsuit-seeks-flush-true-illegal-alien-crime-rates/)

New York Times

If you’re truly interested in a relatively balanced survey of the complexities of this issue, this is a solid read:

Here’s the Reality About Illegal Immigrants in the United States

“Illegal immigrants can be many of these things, and more. Eleven million allows for considerable range, crosshatched with contradictions.”

(Source: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/03/06/us/politics/undocumented-illegal-immigrants.html)

One last thing:

It is simply a fact that illegal immigrants have broken the law, whether or not they possess documents. The solution to the problem is immigration reform, not lying to ourselves about the definitions of words. Let’s get to work, people! The only way laws get changed is when people work to change them. Immigrants are our past and immigrants are our future.


Author: Eric D. Wanger

Eric has nearly 30 years of experience as a creative and entrepreneurial professional in roles ranging from general management, team leadership and project management to technical rolls in IT, software development financial services and law. He has run business units, managed teams and delivered projects for established global enterprises and as the founder of a number of startups. Over his nearly 30 years at work, his job titles have included Board Member (public, private and non-profit), President, Founder, Chief Operating Officer, Director of Research, Chief Investment Officer, Fund Manager, Software Developer, Securities Analyst, Web Designer, Systems Integrator, Investment Advisor, Fundraiser, Consultant and Attorney. As a software consultant, cloud based, mobile app software as a consultant to one of the world’s leading electronic medical records companies (Cerner). As Chief Investment Officer and Director of Research for a startup financial services firm (Wanger OmniWealth, LLC), he developed a proprietary, risk-based holistic reporting platform for wealthy families and a set of allocation models based on it. He has developed automated trading systems for equity and equity ETF's. Between 2002 and 2013, Eric served as a portfolio manager of the Long Term Opportunity fund (small/micro-cap equities), the Alternative Fixed Income Fund (blend of exchange traded and privately negotiated debt) and as the strategist and founder (with Ralph Wanger) for the Income and Growth Fund (multi-asset class dividend strategy). Eric was a senior investment analyst at Barrington Research Associates (Chicago) covering technology and business services. Prior to that, Eric was a software, communications, and technology analyst for the Edgewater Funds, a private equity/venture capital firm with over $1 billion under management. Before joining Edgewater funds in 2000, Eric worked in Silicon Valley providing consulting, training, and software development to early-¬stage firms. Between 1991 and 1996, Eric was a principal consultant at EDW, Ltd, a firm he founded to provide software development, training in rapid software development techniques (NeXT), and systems interoperability consulting services for large multi-vendor and distributed computer networks. EDW's clients included such companies as Fannie Mae, MCI, Swiss Bank Corp (UBS), Chrysler, Merrill Lynch, Apple Computer, Stanford University, and The Acorn Funds. Eric received his J.D. from Stanford Law School and is a member of the California Bar. He was co-founder and managing editor of the Stanford Technology Law Review. Eric was awarded a National Merit Scholarship in 1981. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-¬Champaign and received a Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2005. Eric lives in Chicago with his three children and a fat English Labrador retriever named Casper. He enjoys classical and jazz piano, hiking and aviation. He is an instrument rated pilot. Eric serves as a trustee for the Acorn Foundation and is active at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.

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