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Do Illegal Immigrants Commit More Crimes Than Americans?

Illegal immigrants commit fewer crimes

They fill prisons disproportionately

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Illegal immigrants in the U.S. are less likely to commit a crime than local citizens, argues Christopher Ingraham of The Washington Post. A study by the CATO Institute found that illegal immigrants commit half as many crimes as native-born Americans, respective to the size of their population. In fact, violent crime went down in areas with higher levels of undocumented immigrants. This strongly goes against the Trump administration’s theory that these people coming into the country make it a more dangerous place. Legal immigrants were shown to commit 85% fewer crimes than locals, highlighting the good behavior of immigration populations.

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The notion that illegal immigrants commit fewer crimes than local Americans is wrong, asserts Julie Kelly of American Greatness. The CATO Institute study that many media outlets have referenced contained inaccuracies. Its research focused on Texas, which doesn’t represent the whole country and used loose estimates to guess how many illegal immigrants there are in the state. A 2011 GAO study found that they make up around a fourth of inmates in federal prison. This is a very large number for a group that is only 3% of America’s population. The U.S. should be able to protect itself from such individuals, which open border-supporters are trying to prevent from happening.

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