With illegal immigration being a subject of much contention in American politics, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has cited a study that demonstrates the crime rates of illegal immigrants to be twice that of other residents.
The study, published by the Crime Prevention Research Center, was able to analyze newly released data about the Arizona prison system between January 1985 through June 2017.
The author of the study, John R. Lott Jr, separated non-US citizens by weather they were in the country legally or illegally. What he discovered was that illegal aliens in the Arizona prison system had twice the crime rates of other Arizona residents.
“While undocumented immigrants from 15 to 35 years of age make up slightly over two percent of the Arizona population, they make up about eight percent of the prison population. Even after adjusting for the fact that young people commit crime at higher rates, young undocumented immigrants commit crime at twice the rate of young U.S. citizens.”
In addition to these findings, the author discovered that illegal aliens tended to commit more serious crimes and serve longer prison sentences than their legal American resident piers.
“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.”
The results of this study further enforces the Trump administration’s adherence to Donald Trump’s campaign promise to crack down on illegal immigration.
During his State of the Union speech, President Trump laid out a four pillared plan, that included a compromise with his political opponents, that would reform the immigration system.
First and foremost, the President proposed a 12-year pathway to citizenship for the children who were smuggled into the country by their illegal alien parents. Former President Obama unconstitutionally granted amnesty to these “Dreamers” through an executive action signed by his “mighty pen.”
The second pillar involves securing the border with a physical barrier and an increase in man-power to monitor it and maintain its effectiveness.
The third pillar that the president announced was the end of the visa lottery system that granted green cards on a random basis rather than based on skill or merit. Multiple terrorists that have tried attacking the United States have been discovered to have benefited from the visa lottery program.
The final pillar in President Trump’s plan is to put an end to the chain migration system that allows immigrants to bring family members into the United States. Again, this is another practice that has come under criticism as at least two terrorists, in just the last year, have been discovered to have been brought into the country through chain migration.
The Crime Prevention Research Center study cited by Attorney General Jeff Sessions provides an eye-opening look at the adverse effects of illegal immigration, and many are hopeful that President Trump’s four-pillar plan will work towards curbing future illegal immigration.