Criminal Immigrants: Their Numbers, Demographics, and Countries of Origin

7 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2017  

Michelangelo Landgrave

University of California, Riverside

Alex Nowrasteh

Cato Institute - Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity

Date Written: March 15, 2017

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Landgrave, Michelangelo and Nowrasteh, Alex, Criminal Immigrants: Their Numbers, Demographics, and Countries of Origin (March 15, 2017). Immigration Research and Policy Brief No. 1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2979441

Michelangelo Landgrave

University of California, Riverside ( email )

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Riverside, CA 92521
United States

Alex Nowrasteh (Contact Author)

Cato Institute - Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity ( email )

1000 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001-5403
United States

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