Crime by Legal & Illegal Immigrants

Crime by Legal & Illegal Immigrants


In a candid articulation of logic and common sense, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) stated plainly and succinctly in 2019: “The simple fact that illegal aliens violated American immigration laws – and must continuously violate other federal, state and local laws in order to mask their ongoing illegal presence in this country – demonstrates a blatant lack of respect for the rule of law.” Building upon that self-evident truth, FAIR further asserted that “examinations of data on criminal activity by known illegal aliens tend to establish that those who enter the U.S. in violation of our immigration laws also commit other crimes at a higher rate.”

A 2024 analysis of this subject, titled “Illegal Aliens & Crime,” confirms the veracity of FAIR’s claim. To read this analysis, click here.

Additional Resources:

The Truth About Illegal Aliens & Crime (longer article)
By John Perazzo
March 2024

The Truth About Illegal-Alien Criminality (shorter article)
By John Perazzo
March 4, 2024

Archive of Serious Crimes Committed by Illegal Aliens
By the Federation for American Immigration Reform

The Cost of Illegal Immigration to Taxpayers
Prepared Testimony of Steven A. Camarota
January 11, 2024

Wanted Killers Among 2 Million Illegal Aliens Freed into U.S. by Biden’s DHS
By John Binder
June 12, 2023

Increased Illegal Immigration Brings Increased Crime: Almost 2/3 of Federal Arrests Involve Noncitizens
By Hannah Davis

SCAAP Data Suggest Illegal Aliens Commit Crime at a Much Higher Rate Than Citizens and Lawful Immigrants
By Matt O’Brien, Spencer Raley and Casey Ryan
February 3, 2019

Illegal Immigrants Make up 13% of Federal Prison Population
By April 17, 2019

DOJ Releases Data on Incarceration Rates of Illegal Immigrants
By Lydia Wheeler
May 2, 2017

One in Five U.S. Prison Inmates Is a “Criminal Alien”
By Sharyl Atkisson
September 19, 2018

Non-Citizens Committed a Disproportionate Share of Federal Crimes, 2011-16
By Steven Camarota
January 10, 2018

Illegal immigrants Sent to Jail at a Rate 4 Times Higher Than U.S. Citizens: Study
By The Washington Times
February 5, 2019

Aliens Arrested by ICE Last Year Had Been Convicted of 1,549 Homicides
By Terence Jeffrey
March 17, 2020

Federal Report Shows Open Borders Bring Increased Crimes and Costs for Taxpayers
By Hans A. von Spakovsky
December 17, 2021

Crimes by Illegal Immigrants Widespread Across U.S.—Sanctuaries Shouldn’t Shield Them
By Hans A. von Spakovsky
September 3, 2019

Crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants Surged in 2021 after Declining in Previous Years
By Andrew Mark Miller

Crimes by Illegal Aliens, Not Legal Immigrants, are the Real Problem
By Hans A. von Spakovsky
June 4, 2017

What the Media Won’t Tell You About Illegal Immigration and Criminal Activity
By Hans A. von Spakovsky
March 13, 2017

Misuse of Texas Data Understates Illegal Immigrant Criminality
By Sean Kennedy, Jason Richwine, and Steven A. Camarota
October 11, 2022

What the Media Tell You about Illegal-Immigrant Crime Is Plain Wrong
By Steven Camarota
October 19, 2022

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