Close the border. Deport the interlopers. End of conflict.-- Ed.
This study examines academic and government research on the question
of immigrant crime. New government data indicate that immigrants have
high rates of criminality, while older academic research found low
rates. The overall picture of immigrants and crime remains confused due
to a lack of good data and contrary information. However, the newer
government data indicate that there are legitimate public safety
reasons for local law enforcement to work with federal immigration
Among the findings:
- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) estimates that immigrants
(legal and illegal) comprise 20 percent of inmates in prisons and
jails. The foreign-born are 15.4 percent of the nationís adult
population. However, DHS has not provided a detailed explanation of how
the estimates were generated.
- Under contract to DHS in 2004, Fentress, Inc., reviewed 8.1 million
inmate records from state prison systems and 45 large county jails.
They found that 22 percent of inmates were foreign-born. But the report
did not cover all of the nationís jails.
- The 287(g) program and related efforts have found high rates of
illegal alien incarceration in some communities. But it is unclear if
the communities are representative of the country:
- Maricopa County, Ariz.: 22 percent of felons are illegal aliens;
- Lake County, Ill.: 19 percent of jail inmates are illegal aliens;
- Collier County, Fla.: 20 to 22 percent of jail inmates and arrestees are illegal aliens;
- Weld County, Colo.: 12.8 to 15.2 percent of those jailed are illegal aliens.
- DHS states that it has identified 221,000 non-citizens in the
nationís jails. This equals 11 to 15 percent of the jail population.
Non-citizens comprise only 8.6 percent of the nationís total adult