Immigration in America – Part 4

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Is Crime by Illegal Aliens a Problem in the U.S? – Part Dos (see what I did there?)

Perhaps my numbers were too conservative when it came to those I used for illegal aliens. So I reran some calculations.

For comparison purposes, here is what I initially found:

Crime by Illegal Aliens (Conservative Numbers)

According to the Pew Research Center there were an estimated 11.1 million illegal aliens living in the U.S. in 2014 (pewresearch.org). During that year there were 177,960 convicted illegal aliens removed from the U.S. by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ice.gov). Keep in mind these are just illegal aliens that were removed from the U.S.. This number does not include those allowed to stay after conviction. The ratio of Convicted Criminals removed by ICE:Total Estimated Number of Illegal Aliens is 1:62.37. That means that for every 1 illegal alien deported after being convicted of a crime there were an estimated 62.37 illegal aliens. Another way to put it is this: 1.6% of the illegal alien population in the U.S. are convicted criminals.

Let’s rerun the calculations looking at criminal illegal alien numbers

The highest number I found estimating the number of illegal aliens in 2014 was 12.1 million. Using 12.1 million for the number of illegal aliens in the U.S. in 2014, let’s look at the number of illegal criminals using the Cato Institute’s numbers. (If you have time read the whole study, it is fascinating!) They say the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) estimate 1.9 million non-citizen people have committed crimes in 2014 (cato.org). Again, not necessarily illegal aliens, but we’ll go with that number for now. Using these numbers, the ratio for illegal alien criminals:total illegal aliens is 1:6.37. That means for every 1 illegal alien criminal there are 6.37 illegal aliens or 15.7% of the alien population in the U.S. are convicted criminals.

Again, all of these numbers are estimates.

Let’s rerun the calculations looking at percentages of incarcerated illegal aliens

Let’s continue using 12.1 for our estimated illegal aliens in the U.S. number. The Cato Institute reports that .85% of people incarcerated in 2014 were illegal aliens. The problem with this number is that it does not include those placed on probation. In the same study, Cato reports that only 122,939 illegal aliens were incarcerated in 2014. That means that the ration of incarcerated illegal aliens:total number of illegal aliens is 1:98.42 people or 1.01% of the illegal alien population is incarcerated.

The Problem

The problem is that there is no one reporting actual complete numbers of illegal aliens who were convicted (not just incarcerated), not any that I could find anyway. Maybe they are stored in some super top secret data base somewhere. But like I asked last time, why? Why are these numbers not being reported? All I ever hear is so and so Republican saying the crime rate is extremely high or so and so Democrat saying the opposite. I just wanted to find the truth and the truth is not out there to be readily found.

The end.

Addendum: I actually did email the U.S. Office of Immigration Statistics requesting the information I needed per the instructions on their website. Within 25 minutes I received an email telling me I need to email a different office. Which I did. Let’s see how many government offices I get shuffled to before I give up.

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