A new report on federal convictions reveals that nearly half were committed by “non-citizens,” with most likely to be illegal immigrants.
The U.S. Sentencing Commission, reviewing data from 2011-2016, said that 44.2 percent of those convicted of violating a federal law were “non-citizens.”
And according to an analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies, even when immigration crimes are omitted, the legal and illegal immigrants accounted for 21.4 percent of federal convictions during the six-year period.
For perspective, CIS Research Director Steven Camarota said that “non-citizens” make up about 8.4 percent of the U.S., so their criminal impact is “2.5 times their percentage of the population.”
On the question of illegal versus legal immigrant crime, Camarota wrote, “The commission’s data does not distinguish legal status among non-citizens. It is almost certain that a majority of the non-citizens convicted of federal crimes are illegal immigrants. But we cannot say for sure because that information is not provided. What we can say, at least at the federal level, is that non-citizens are more likely to commit crimes than non-citizens.”
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