Non-citizens — people living in the U.S. who are not natural-born or naturalized citizens — commit 21 percent of all non-immigration federal crimes. They make up only 8.4% of the population.
There’s a big difference in those two numbers. What those figures mean is that immigrants are committing two and a half times the number of crimes you would expect… if you expected all demographics to commit crimes equally.
Non-citizens were convicted of 42% of all kidnappings and 31% of all drug crimes.
They also commit more than their share of fraud, witness tampering, and car theft.
And these are just the federal numbers. State and local governments don’t typically track crime statistics based on immigration status, so there’s a good chance the disparity is even higher than what the federal data shows.
The next time you express concern about the state of immigration law enforcement in this country, and someone tries to tell you you’re being bigoted, let them know that the numbers gathered by the Center for Immigration Studies back up your concerns.
You can read more about the report on immigrant crime statistics right here.