High Percentage of Federal Prisoners are Criminal Aliens or Noncitizens

So why do some people insist noncitizens commit less crime?

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The numbers indicate that noncitizens commit serious crimes at a significantly higher rate than Americans.

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“Criminal aliens” — those arrested and convicted of crimes while in the US — fill up disproportionately large space in our prisons and jails. That’s according to a government analysis. If anything, the analysis understates the number of incarcerated criminal aliens, since some cities and states do not track or report the numbers for noncitizens.

The statistics fly in the face of persistent claims by illegal immigration advocates who insist that aliens in the US are more law-abiding than Americans and less likely to commit crimes.

Read on for details.

Hard evidence comes from a little-reported 2018 analysis by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). One reason why this information wasn’t widely circulated may be because anyone who skimmed the surface would have read a seemingly sugarcoated summary.

The GAO summary highlighted this statistic: From 2011 through 2016, the criminal alien proportion of the total estimated federal inmate population generally decreased, from about 25 percent to 21 percent. “General decrease?”Readers might be left with the impression there’s been improvement, and so there is nothing to be concerned about.

But a fair examination of the report arguably leads to a far different implication.

According to the census, in 2014, about 7 percent of the US population were noncitizens or aliens—many of them illegal immigrants. That’s about one in 14 people. Yet the GAO says that criminal aliens accounted for one in five, and as many as one in four, prison inmates during the time period analyzed. That works out to about triple the number of criminal aliens that there should have been if they committed crime at the same rate as US citizens.

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The reality may be even worse.

The actual picture is likely worse, since the GAO report only looked at a subset of imprisoned illegal immigrants and other criminal aliens. According to the report, primary data came from the Department of Justice (DOJ) State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP), which reimburses a portion of criminal alien incarceration costs. “GAO used SCAAP data because there are no reliable data available on all criminal aliens incarcerated in every U.S. state prison and local jail,” reads the report. On top of that, GAO notes there had been a decrease in the number of states and localities participating in the program, resulting in lower numbers reported.

Criminal aliens are costly to US taxpayers

In terms of cost, federal taxpayers shelled out more than $15 billion during the period studied — or $2.5 billion a year — to keep criminal aliens behind bars in federal, state and local facilities.

Accoring to GAO, 91 percent of federal criminal aliens were citizens of Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Colombia, or Guatemala.

The five state prison systems that had the most criminal aliens were Arizona, California, Florida, New York, and Texas.

There were more than 730,000 criminal aliens in US or state prisons and local jails during the period measured. They accounted for 4.9 million arrests for 7.5 million offenses.

The arrests include allegations of more than one million drug crimes, a half-million assaults, 133,800 sex offenses and 24,200 kidnappings.

Imprisoned noncitizens, over a five-year period, had been arrested for 33,300 homicide-related offenses and 1,500 terrorism-related crimes.

Many were repeat offenders. Of about 146,500 criminal aliens who had finished one federal prison term, about one in six — around 24,800 — already had been imprisoned again at least once.

With many millions of illegal border crossings in recent years, experts say the numbers may well have worsened since the 2011-2016 time period analyzed in the 2018 GAO report. 

However, the government does not appear to have updated or repeated its analysis since that time.

Read the full GAO report here: https://www.gao.gov/assets/gao-18-433.pdf.

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3 thoughts on “High Percentage of Federal Prisoners are Criminal Aliens or Noncitizens”

  1. Simple solution: Tattoo forever postage stamps on the foreheads of criminal aliens and airmail them back to from whence they came.

  2. Why, do some insist that aliens commit less crimes than citizens?
    Just one more attempt to try to reduce opposition to Illegal Aliens or open borders and they convince the weak minded that is so.

  3. But the fascist ANTI-DEMOCRATIC PARTY leftist filth need the criminal invader scum to vote for them to keep them in power and above the law too.

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