The left loves their illegal immigrants. They try to lump them together with the hardworking men and women who came to our country the right way, and this is one of the greatest deceptions of our time. Illegal immigration is not a positive contribution to the economy. It does not bring swaths of good and kind people who make America better.
It is the single greatest source of crime and destruction in our country. The numbers are in, and the left’s argument holds absolutely no water. The facts you are about to read will incense you, but keep in mind that they only apply to illegal immigrants. The good guys with green cards are not included in these statistics.
Domestic Crime Statistics
We’ll jump into this story by looking at the numbers from right here at home. Currently, there are an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. That accounts for about four percent of the total population. That should already upset you, but it isn’t even the beginning.
Among this tiny portion of our residents, illegal immigrants account for 21 percent of all federal crime. Let that sink in for a minute. If we had no illegal immigrants, we would have 21 percent less crime. Our prisons would be short half a million prisoners, and it would save us over a billion dollars a year in criminal justice costs.
A shallow look at this problem would suggest that we just imprison too many illegals. The problem with that line of thinking is apparent when you look at the full breakdown of these crimes. Illegal aliens commit 22 percent of all murder in the U.S.
Remember when Trump was criticized in the campaign for suggesting that illegal immigrants are dangerous? They also commit 33 percent of all money laundering, 29 percent of drug trafficking and 72 percent of drug possession. These are huge, (and to use a favorite word of the left) disproportionate representations of crime in our beloved country. All of our biggest problems are significantly smaller without this detrimental population group. But, it’s still worse than you think.
Leftists and Europeans alike tend to criticize the U.S. justice system and the sheer number incarcerated here. When you look at prison population samples, you can see the deep-seated hypocrisy. The U.S. has as much immigration as half of Europe, and it has more illegal immigration than any 10 countries.
We just saw that this group accounts for a fifth or more of all of our worst crime, and yet, we imprison immigrants far less than any European country. Even though illegal immigrants are committing crime at crazy rates, deportation and extradition law means that they only account for about five percent of our prison population. In Europe, immigrants make up an average of 30 percent of prison populations.
Consider the breakdown by country. The UK has double the violent crime rate of the U.S. Their foreign prisoner population is 11.8 percent. France remains abnormally liberal with a foreign incarceration rate of 21.7 percent. In Germany it’s close to average at 31.3 percent. Greece is all the way up to 54.3 percent, and Switzerland takes the top spot at 72 percent.
What’s most interesting about these numbers? Higher foreign incarceration rates correspond with safer streets. Switzerland is the safest country in Europe. Meanwhile, Russia is one of the more dangerous countries with a foreign incarceration rate of 4.3 percent.
The Trump Factor
These numbers are not suggesting that immigration is criminal or that we need completely closed borders. It simply highlights the importance of vetting immigrants—something President Trump has told us adamantly.
Foreigners account for disproportionate crime numbers across the world, and it isn’t as simple as cultural differences. Legal immigrants in the U.S. account for less than five percent of all crime. They’re the safest demographic in the country.
Illegal immigrants, however, are problematic everywhere, and it comes down to two things. They have a propensity for disregarding the law (as shown by their immigration process), and they are far more likely to be fleeing another country for criminal activity. It doesn’t mean that every illegal immigrant is dangerous, but it’s obvious why there is such a high statistical crossover.
The final nail in this argument is Trump’s impact on it all. We know with certainty that his stance on immigration and bolstered support of effective ICE tactics have already curbed illegal immigration. How has that impacted crime?
It’s already going down. Final statistics for 2017 won’t be available for a few more months, but early estimates are encouraging. Federal crime researchers saw that federal crime dropped by about five percent in 2017. That corresponds with a 24-percent drop in illegal immigration over the year. Along with that, violent crime dropped for the first time in 3 years, murder dropped by 2.5 percent to a near record low, and aggravated assault is at the 2nd lowest rate since 1990.
You’ve heard it how many times now. Trump was right. Illegal immigration generates massive amounts of crime and only hurts our country. He still wants a giant, beautiful door in the wall. Those who come to our country the right way are some of our best, and we will always welcome them with open arms.
It is the tens of millions who flout our laws that are the problem. They commit crimes in shocking numbers, they account for exorbitant tax costs and they drag our country down. The wall will pay for itself simply by cutting crime. If you consider savings on entitlement exploitations and the medical costs of the drug trade, there is no question. Illegal immigration is only problematic, and the numbers prove it.