A common mantra among liberals desperate to bring in more Democratic voters and pro-immigration conservatives desperate to give Big Businesses the cheap labor they desire, is the so-called “fact” that immigrants, even illegal ones, commit way less crime than native-born Americans.
But Fox News’ Brit Hume has a truth-bomb for them that’s likely to blow their worldview to smithereens.
In a tweet Friday, Hume linked to a newly released paper by noted researcher John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center. The research used recently released Arizona prisoner data from 1985 through June 2017 and was actually able to distinguish between illegal and illegal non-U.S. citizens.
It is claimed that undocumented immigrants commit less crime than citizens. A study of prison population in AZ suggests that’s not true. https://t.co/WngRsTO78V
— Brit Hume (@brithume) January 12, 2018
From the abstract:
Undocumented immigrants are at least 142% more likely to be convicted of a crime than other Arizonans. They also tend to commit more serious crimes and serve 10.5% longer sentences, more likely to be classified as dangerous, and 45% more likely to be gang members than U.S. citizens. Yet, there are several reasons that these numbers are likely to underestimate the share of crime committed by undocumented immigrants. There are dramatic differences between in the criminal histories of convicts who are U.S. citizens and undocumented immigrants.
If 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.
Even supposedly conservative organizations, like the Cato Institute, continue to insist the world is flat and the sky is green, and up ’till now they’ve been aided by a lack of state data to confirm or deny their claims. In a blog downplaying the release of federal crime statistics last month that showed similar illegal immigrant trends, Cato’s Alex Nowrasteh said “residual statistical methodology” was used by his organization to find that illegal immigrants were “44 percent less likely to be incarcerated than native-born Americans.”
“Although there is less research on illegal immigrant criminals,” Nowrasteh wrote, “the general finding is that they are less crime-prone or about as criminally inclined as native-born Americans.”
Now that the state data is apparently beginning to come in, it’s a claim that’s starting to get more and more difficult to maintain.
Here’s a sampling of reactions to Hume’s truth bomb:
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