Undocumented Immigrants Jailed at Rate 4 Times Higher than U.S. Citizens

A new study finds that illegal aliens are jailed at a rate four times higher than that of natural-born Americans.

The study found that illegals in Arizona are imprisoned at a four times higher rate than citizens, but it is even higher in New Jersey where the rate is five times higher, according to The Washington Post.

The study was created by Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

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FAIR based its calculations on federal government reimbursements to states and localities under the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, which pays some of the costs for holding illegal immigrants in prisons and jails. To make the payments, the federal government must determine whether an inmate is definitely or possibly in the country illegally. FAIR used the number to then calculate overall incarceration rates.

In the 10 states FAIR reviewed, they found that illegal immigrants ended up behind bars at higher rates, per capita.

“This study should put to rest, once and for all, the notion that illegal aliens commit crimes at a lower rate than legal residents,” FAIR President Dan Stein said in the study. “By focusing on states with significant illegal alien populations and that consistently report to the SCAAP program, FAIR’s study refutes this erroneous claim.”

FAIR noted that illegal immigration is a “nexus” of crime.

The group took a snapshot of the prison population in a state, using data from the Prison Policy Initiative, then subtracted the number of illegal immigrants the federal government paid to incarcerate in a year. That provided numbers for both an illegal immigrant prison population and everyone else.

FAIR then compared those with estimates for the overall residential numbers for each state.

For Arizona, analysts used 10,300 confirmed or suspected illegal immigrants for which the federal government reimbursed the state and counties in 2016. They subtracted that from an overall prison and jail population to get a non-illegal-immigrant population of 46,700.

Each of those numbers was stacked up against total populations. FAIR estimates that Arizona has an illegal immigrant population of 365,950 and non-illegal-immigrant population of 6.7 million. Incarceration rates were 2.815 percent for illegal immigrants and 0.702 percent for all others.

That means one out of every 35 illegal immigrants in Arizona was in state prison or jail in 2016, which was the highest rate of any of the states they studied.

All this would thoroughly demolish the left’s claims that illegals are without blame in the current crisis.

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