Criminal Immigrants: Their Numbers, Demographics, and Countries of Origin
7 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2017
Date Written: March 15, 2017
In his first week in office, President Donald Trump issued an executive order directing the Department of Homeland Security to deport most illegal immigrants who come in contact with law enforcement. His order is based on the widespread perception that illegal immigrants are a significant source of crime in the United States. This brief uses American Community Survey data to analyze incarcerated immigrants according to their citizenship and legal status. All immigrants are less likely to be incarcerated than natives relative to their shares of the population. Even illegal immigrants are less likely to be incarcerated than native-born Americans.
Keywords: Immigration, Illegal Immigration, Executive Order, Domestic Crime
JEL Classification: J15
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