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.
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.”
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.