CATO: Illegal Immigrants More Likely to Commit Crimes than Ones Who Came Legally

CATO: Illegal Immigrants More Likely to Commit Crimes than Ones Who Came Legally by Bob Price – Breitbart

A report by the Cato Institute released on February 26 reveals that illegal immigrants are much more likely to commit violent crimes than immigrants who follow the law to get here. Cato primarily provides written analysis on the portion of the report showing illegal immigrants less likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans.

The report by the Cato Institutes’ Alex Nowrasteh attempts to debunk the positions of President Donald Trump and the Department of Homeland Security that illegal immigrants are a “significant source of crime.” To do so, the writer analyzed reports from the Texas Department of Public Safety and looked at crime statistics for native-born Americans, legal immigrants, and illegal immigrants.

Cato chose Texas because the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) cooperates with immigration officials and therefore has more accurate breakdowns of crimes and arrests by immigration/citizenship status, the report states. While the report seeks to paint a picture that illegal immigrants commit fewer crimes than native-born Americans, it also shows that people who come to the U.S. by illegally entering the country in violation of laws are much more likely to commit additional crimes than people who immigrate here by following the law.

The report looks at Texas DPS crime statistics for 2015.

For example, Cato’s charts show that illegal immigrants are nearly 300 percent more likely to be convicted of a crime in Texas than a legal immigrant. Compared to native-born Americans, illegal immigrants are convicted at less than half the rate.

Cato Institute chart on 2015 Texas Criminal Convictions

When looking at convictions of violent crimes, the comparison between legal and illegal immigrants becomes more dramatic. Illegal immigrants are slightly less likely to be convicted of homicide than a native-born American (25 percent) but are 568 percent more likely to be convicted of the same crime than legal immigrants.

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