Fast Facts on Illegal Immigrants’ Impact on Crime

Here are the facts about the impact of illegal immigrants on crime in the United States:

  • In 2011, over 250,000 illegal immigrants were incarcerated in the United States for nearly three million criminal offenses (such as a drug violation, assault, homicide, robbery, sex offense, kidnapping, or immigration offense), according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. (Source: The Hill)
     
  • The average illegal immigrant in federal, state, or local prison has been arrested an average of 8.3 times. That means chronically criminal aliens are repeatedly jailed and released, then commit more crimes. (Source: The Hill)
     
  • There are over 500 Sanctuary Cities in the U.S. Between 20-30% of illegal immigrants who are apprehended in Sanctuary Cities then released get arrested for criminal activity later. (Source: USCIS)
     
  • Not all illegal immigrants with prior criminal convictions, who are apprehended by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), get automatically deported from the United States. It may take months for a deportation proceeding—from the notice to appear before immigration authorities to a final ruling from an immigration judge to an actual removal from the country. (Sources: The Associated Press, USCIS)
     
  • According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 53,792 DACA requestors were approved with a prior arrest. (Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) There are about 10,000 MS-13 gang members scattered throughout 40 states in the U.S. One goal of our immigration policy is to keep violent criminals out of our country. (Source: Department of Justice)

In 2015, federal officials apprehended 3,977 people from the 14 countries classified as “state sponsors of terrorism” or “countries of interest.” Between 2006 and 2015, more than 67,000 people from those nations were apprehended when attempting to enter, or live illegally, in the USA. (Sources: Department of Homeland Security, CNN)



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