The Crime Rate of Illegals Is Through the Roof

The Crime Rate of Illegals Is Through the Roof

Up to 75 percent of illegal immigrants working in the United States not only are breaking the law by being in the country in the first place, but also have likely committed a felony to get their current job, a Wednesday op-ed in The Hill stated.

Ronald Mortensen, a senior fellow with the Center for Immigration Studies, wrote the piece as a response to two studies that claimed that immigrants commit less crime than U.S.-born citizens.

“It is possible that legal immigrants commit crimes at a rate lower than U.S. citizens and that they are incarcerated at a lower rate than U.S. citizens,” Mortensen wrote. “After all, legal immigrants are well vetted, and if they have criminal records in their countries of origin they are generally ineligible for admission to America.

“The same cannot be said for illegal aliens because virtually all adult, illegal aliens commit felonies in order to procure the documents they need to get jobs, to drive and to obtain other benefits that are restricted to U.S. citizens,” he continued.

“The vast majority of illegal aliens use fraudulently obtained Social Security numbers. They possess fake drivers’ licenses, phony ‘green cards,’ fraudulent birth certificates and any other documents that U.S. citizens and legal residents have. In addition, they falsify I-9 forms under penalty of perjury.”

And that’s not just Mortensen. Even the Social Security Administration has admitted that this is the case.

In a 2005 New York Times article, Stephen C. Goss, Social Security’s chief actuary, stated that, “Our assumption is that about three-quarters of other-than-legal immigrants pay payroll taxes.”

Leaving aside the linguistic absurdity of “other-than-legal immigrants” (I’m guessing this was before “undocumented” became the fashionable euphemism), let’s consider that for a second. To pay payroll taxes, one must have a Social Security number. An “other-than-legal immigrant” isn’t eligible for one. Hence, this means they’re using a fake number and documents — a felony.

The Los Angeles Times ran a similar story last month that estimated that 8 million of the 11.1 million illegal immigrants living in the country had committed fraud to get employment.

While the article was supposed to prove that it wasn’t just “bad hombres” who could be deported under the Trump administration, what it actually seemed to prove was that there’s a lot more crime being committed by illegal immigrants than the left wants to let on.

It’s not that illegal immigrants just commit a crime to come here and then never break the law again. To remain in this country, it’s often necessary to commit fraud on a constant basis in order to get employment.

If we’re going to have a serious, honest debate over illegal immigration, we need to acknowledge this. Otherwise, we’re lying to ourselves about just what illegal immigration entails.

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