*Why you should read this: Because Trump is trying to cook the books so that it looks like immigrants commit more crimes than they actually do. Because the truth is that immigrants commit less crime than citizens. VL
By Julia Dahl, CBS News (5.5 minute read)
NEW YORK – President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to publish a weekly list of “criminal actions committed by aliens.”
“Many aliens who illegally enter the United States and those who overstay or otherwise violate the terms of their visas present a significant threat to national security and public safety,” the order states. “This is particularly so for aliens who engage in criminal conduct in the United States.”[pullquote]1.6 percent of immigrant males age 18-39 are incarcerated, compared to 3.3 percent of the native-born.[/pullquote]
The order also calls for the establishment of an Office for Victims of Crimes Committed by Removable Aliens, to, among other things, study “the effects of the victimization by criminal aliens present in the United States.”
The Department of Homeland Security did not provide answers to Crimesider’s questions regarding how the federal government would go about collecting this data from the nation’s more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies, but the order nonetheless begs the question, how big a problem is crime committed by immigrants?
According to analysis of the 2010 census and the American Communities Survey done by the non-profit American Immigration Council,[tweet_dis] immigrants to the United States are significantly less likely than native-born citizens to be incarcerated.[/tweet_dis] The authors found that [tweet_dis]1.6 percent of immigrant males age 18-39 are incarcerated, compared to 3.3 percent of the native-born.[/tweet_dis]
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