“That, and of course immigrants have been proven to commit crimes at a far-lower rate in proportion to the broader population of U.S. citizens. One study conducted by the American Immigration Council found the following: ‘The program of crime in the United States is not caused or even aggravated by immigrants, regardless of their legal status.’ ” – Imagine 2050 11/24/14
Fact Check: Imagine 2050 is a radical-left website that promotes mass immigration. Leftist radicals employ immigration as a means to destabilize American society with “diversity” and “multiculturalism.” Using these divisions to their advantage, they hope to seize power impose their ideology on society. Author William Hawkins documents their agenda in his book Importing Revolution.
To reach their objectives, the radicals try with ingenious sophistries to discredit any and all objections to mass immigration. The quote above is a good example, as it overstates the case it intends to refute, namely that immigrants cause crime in America. In point of fact, no immigration restrictionist has ever claimed such a thing.
Native-born Americans commit most of the crime in America because they are at least 86 percent of the population. The question restricitonists raise is whether immigrants proportionately add to the crime we already have.
With respect to legal immigrants, it seems they do not. Their crime rate, according to some studies, is less than that of the native-born. This, however, is not remarkable. One reason we have immigration laws is to screen out people with criminal backgrounds. And to a significant extent it appears that the system works, although the children of immigrants commit crimes at rate similar to that of the native-born.
Where Imagine 2050 tries to pull a rhetorical sleight of hand is suggesting, most ludicrously, that the lower rate of crime applies “regardless of legal status.” In other words, illegal immigrants—all of whom are lawbreakers—have a lower crime rate than American citizens. What can explain such a convoluted claim? The reason, basically, is that radical leftists don’t believe that immigration laws, which serve our national interests, are really legitimate laws. They don’t respect laws that safeguard America because they don’t respect America, a country they commonly denounce as “racist, sexist, and homophobic.”
Thus they aren’t bothered by illegal aliens breaking laws in general, and not just the ones pertaining to immigration. When you want to destabilize a society, the more anarchy the better. Illegal aliens commonly use fake documents to obtain benefits, a felony offense. Often they practice tax evasion by receiving pay under the table. And when they do pay income tax, more than a few commit fraud by claiming false dependents and getting refunds under the Additional Child Tax Credit provision. The IRS is relentless when citizens try to cheat on taxes, but relatively soft on illegal aliens.
And what is the participation of illegal aliens in crimes of violence, crimes against public order, and crimes against property? In truth it is hard to measure, but significant evidence suggests that it is higher than the American rate.
But again, lawlessness isn’t a problem for radicals, most particularly the lawlessness of unchecked Illegal immigration. By directly undermining America’s rule of law and national sovereignty, it splendidly serves the radical left’s subversive agenda.