Starting with his campaign rhetoric and continuing through his first year in office, President Trump and his staff regularly refer to immigrants who are present in the U.S. with no legal immigration status as criminals whose presence increases rates of violence throughout the U.S and jeopardizes public safety. This viewpoint has been effective in mobilizing some Americans against immigrants and in favor of a multimillion dollar U.S.-Mexican border wall. The problem is, at least four academic studies now show that Trump’s position is simply false, and that illegal immigration does nothing to increase rates of violent crimes or substance abuse problems.
According to a recent National Public Radio article, four recent studies completely conflict with Trump’s rhetoric equating illegal immigration with crime. First, a study by a University of Wisconsin criminologist found that despite the increases in illegal immigration to the U.S. since 1990, there was no corresponding increase in violent crime. In a separate study, the same researchers examined illegal immigration with respect to rates of drug and alcohol arrests, DUI deaths, and drug overdoses. Again, the researchers found no evidence of any correlation between increases in illegal immigration and any of these consequences of substance abuse.
Studies Show Illegal Immigration Does Not Increase Violent Crime
In another study, the Cato Institute examined 2015 rates of criminality in illegal immigrants solely in the state of Texas, based on the state’s own records of the immigration status of each arrestee. For three different types of crimes, i.e., murder, sexual assault, and larceny, rates of both arrests and criminal convictions for undocumented immigrants were lower than for native-born Americans. Finally, in a recently published British study, researchers found that youthful undocumented immigrants typically engage in less criminal activity than either legal immigrants or native-born Americans of the same age.
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