Are illegal immigrants more likely to commit serious, imprisonable crimes than the general U.S. population?
Data from the U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Justice show that illegal immigrants commit serious, imprisonable crimes at multiplicatively higher rates than legal immigrants and U.S. citizens. Although non-citizens are about as likely as the general U.S. population to be currently incarcerated in correctional facilities, the U.S. deports them after they serve their sentences, thus reducing the number of convicted criminals who remain in the country. Since most criminals are repeat offenders, this continual mass deportation of criminals means that the crime rates of non-citizens who come to the U.S. are much higher than those who remain. In the decade from 2010 to 2019, the federal government deported 1,578,702 non-citizens who were convicted of committing crimes in the U.S., or 12 times the number of non-citizens in correctional facilities at the end of this period.