A new article from The Conservative Review showcases just how much illegal immigration is affecting Arizona.
A new report published by expert criminologist John Lott lays waste to the long-standing lie peddled by open-borders advocates that crime rates are low among illegal aliens. Part of the reason it has been so hard to prove conclusively what everyone sees in their communities is that most crime is dealt with at a state and local level, and most states don’t have uniform data on the immigration status of criminals processed through their systems. Lott is the famed author of “More Guns, Less Crime,” who now runs the Crime Prevention Research Center. Milton Friedman once said of John Lottthat he “has few equals as a perceptive analyst of controversial public policy issues.”
Lott studied data from the state of Arizona from 1985 to 2017 to prove conclusively that illegal aliens commit crimes at a disproportionate rate relative to their share of the population.3 Here is what he found:
- Illegal immigrants in Arizona are at least 142 percent more likely to be convicted of crime than other Arizonans. And these are not just immigration and drug violations that we see on the federal level. They are more likely to be convicted of serious violent crimes: at least 163 percent more likely for first-degree murder; 168 percent more likely for second-degree murder; and 189.6 percent more likely for manslaughter. Also, Lott’s data confirms what some of us see anecdotally every day but is ignored by the national media – that illegals in Arizona are more likely to commit sexual offenses against minors, sexual assault, drunk driving, kidnapping, and armed robbery.
- We are often told that “dreamers” are a cut above the rest of the illegal population, and President Trump, who otherwise understands the truth on the broader issue, seems to have accepted this premise. Lott’s research found that although DACA-age illegals compose 0.81 percent of Arizona’s population, they represent 8 percent of the prison population. This means they compose 71.2 percent of the illegal immigrant population in prison and that they are 884 percent more likely to be convicted of crimes than non-immigrants of their age. If anything, “dreamers” are actually a bigger public safety risk than older illegal immigrants.
- While there is no uniform data nationwide, Lott projects that “[I]f undocumented immigrants committed crime nationally as they do in Arizona, in 2016 they would have been responsible for over 1,000 more murders, 5,200 rapes, 8,900 robberies, 25,300 aggravated assaults, and 26,900 burglaries.”
- Illegal immigrant criminals are 45.4 percent more likely to have been gang members, and “they are 133% more likely to receive sentencing enhancements for being classified as dangerous, and they tend to be released from prison at a younger age despite more serious crimes because they initially go to jail at a younger age.” Keep in mind that Obama’s DACA program tried to avoid scrutinizing juvenile records of recipients.
These stats are staggering. It attacks all forms of illegal immigration and showcases just how dangerous it is for society. They also point out the DACA problem. Now, the left will argue that the only way to be in the DACA program is if you pass a background check. There is major issues in this thinking. Due to DACA’s high numbers, Judical Watch uncovered that the Obama Administration abandoned some of the checks to meet their quota.
The second issue with this thinking is that they won’t commit crimes in the future. These DACA adults are in an age group more likely to commit crimes once they become citizens they can no longer be deported.
I will acknowledge that out of all the arguments made the DACA one is the weakest. The DACA amnesty is being centered around people who have committed no crimes. With that being said it is hard to argue against any of the statistics given above. Illegal immigration does not make your country safer it makes your country far more dangerous. The people coming over the border aren’t all saints, in fact, they are more likely to be committing violent crimes. This is the first study I have seen that shows not Federal Data but State and Local Data as well.