At least 21 percent of people convicted of non-immigration crimes in the United States between 2011 and 2016 were non-citizens—2.5 times their share of the population, a new study has shown.
According to a new study issued by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), “many immigration advocates argue that immigrants have much lower crime rates than natives” but the federal government does track the citizenship of those it convicts.
“New data from the U.S. Sentencing Commission shows that of those convicted of federal crimes between 2011 and 2016, 44.2 percent were not U.S. citizens — 21.4 percent, if immigration crimes are excluded.
“In comparison, non-citizens are 8.4 percent of the adult population. Of this 8.4 percent, about 4 percent are illegal immigrants and about 4 percent are legal immigrants.
“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 citizens,” the CIS report said.
The CIS said that areas where non-citizens account for a much larger share of convictions than their 8.4 percent share of the adult population include:
* 42.4 percent of kidnapping convictions;
* 31.5 percent of drug convictions;
* 22.9 percent of money laundering convictions;
* 13.4 percent of administration of justice offenses (e.g. witness tampering, obstruction, and contempt);
* 17.8 percent of economic crimes (e.g. larceny, embezzlement, and fraud);
* 13 percent of other convictions (e.g. bribery, civil rights, environmental, and prison offenses); and
* 12.8 percent of auto thefts.