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Thomas Gallatin / July 3, 2018

Contra ‘Fact-Checkers,’ Illegals Are a Crime Problem

The MSM uses dubious data analysis in its attempts to debunk Trump’s claims.

Despite what the mainstream media “fact-checkers” claim, the most concrete data on violent crime rates show that illegal aliens are far more likely to commit serious crime than are American citizens. The trouble is sorting it out. Just Facts Daily explains, “Data on illegal immigration and crime is often clouded, precisely because these are unlawful activities where perpetrators seek to hide their actions. Also, governments sometimes fail to record or release information that could be or has been obtained. The Obama administration, in particular, refused to release the names of convicted immigrant sex offenders and hid other details about crimes committed by immigrants.”

For example, U.S. Census data from 2011 to 2015 reveals that noncitizens are 7% more likely than citizens to be incarcerated. The Justice Department data shows that from 2005 to 2015 the U.S. deported at least 1.5 million noncitizens for having committed crimes. That number is 10 times the number of noncitizens in U.S. prisons in 2015. And it is important to note here that the vast majority of noncitizens here in the U.S. legally rarely commit crimes, therefore the vast majority of incarcerated noncitizens are in fact illegal aliens. If the number of legal noncitizens were removed from the incarnation rate of noncitizens, then the number of illegal aliens convicted of crimes doubles.

Democrats and the MSM regularly misuse data presumably in an attempt to convince the public that the criminal problems associated with illegal immigration are not as serious as many conservatives have been claiming for years. However, irrespective of the higher crime rate of illegal aliens, the real issue is one of legality, period. Democrats and the MSM have worked tirelessly to diminish the criminal aspect of illegal immigration and conflate the issue with legal immigration, then claiming that those opposed to illegal immigration are motivated by racism. The reality couldn’t be further from the truth. What is really at stake is not immigration but the constitutional concept of the Rule of Law.

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