1. People say non-citizens are less likely to commit crimes. Now we have definitive numbers on this from the US Sentencing Commission that shows that non-citizens are far more likely to commit more crimes, serious crimes like murder and fraud and drug trafficking. The report, which offers a statistical sketch of people in federal custody at the end of the 2017 fiscal year, is the third released by the government since Mr. Trump issued an executive order in January directing officials to collect data on the immigration status of federal inmates. It said that 24,476 of the 185,507 inmates in the federal Bureau of Prisons system were not citizens, with 92 percent of those in the country unlawfully, and that 97 percent of the 13,081 confirmed noncitizens held by the Marshals Service — typically people awaiting trial — were in the country unlawfully.

Officials were still investigating the immigration status of 21,209 other foreign-born people in federal custody.

The report did not specify which types of crimes the foreign-born inmates were convicted of, but senior administration officials said future reports would include such information. In the meantime, they pointed reporters to data from the United States Sentencing Commission, which they said indicated that noncitizens were convicted of offenses related to immigration, money laundering and drugs at a disproportionate rate along the southern border. Drug-related prosecutions tend to cluster there because of trafficking activity involving the Mexican cartels.


2. The Pew Research Institute estimates that as of 2014, there are at least 11.2 million illegal immigrants residing in the U.S. This population comprises approximately 3.5 percent of our country’s population. Six states: California, Texas, Illinois, Florida, New York and New Jersey account for 59 percent of all illegal immigrants residing in the U.S.


3. 22% of federal prisoners are illegals. Source: DHS, ICE

4. Medically consulted injuries in motor vehicle incidents totaled 4,300,000 in 2013, and total motor vehicle costs were estimated at $288.1 billion. Costs include wage and productivity losses, medical expenses, administrative expenses, motor vehicle property damage, and employer costs – National Safety Council – Injury Facts.

5. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety unlicensed drivers kill 7,500 people a year. Illegal aliens are responsible for a little over half of that total.

6. Finally, a study by Dr. Schurman-Kauflin concluded that “there are approximately 240,000 illegal immigrant sex offenders in the United States.”


7. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) also runs a special program, “Operation Predator,” which targets foreign nationals who commit sex crimes against children. To date, more than 10,000 individuals have been arrested through this ICE initiative, resulting in more than 5,500 deportations.

8. That same year, the U.S. Sentencing Commission found that 75 percent of all criminal defendants who were convicted and sentenced for federal drug offenses were illegal immigrants. Illegal immigrants were also involved in 17 percent of all drug trafficking sentences and one third of all federal prison sentences.

9. The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Sentencing Commission reported that as of 2014, illegal immigrants were convicted and sentenced for over 13 percent of all crimes committed in the U.S.

10. According to the FBI, 115,717 murders were committed in the U.S. from 2003 through 2009. The General Accounting Office documents that criminal immigrants committed 25,064 of these murders.

To extrapolate out these statistics, this means that a population of just over 3.5 percent residing in the U.S. unlawfully committed 22 percent to 37 percent of all murders in the nation.


11. Vetted crime statistics from USDOJ, the U.S. Sentencing Commission and the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) are both clear and demonstrative that illegal immigrants who comprise only 3.5 percent of our nation’s population, are convicted and sentenced for the crime of murder at a rate of three times that of their American citizen and legal immigrant counterparts.


12. According to research and statistics by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, U.S. taxpayers are footing an annual bill of nearly $19 million a day to house and care for an estimated 300,000 to 450,000 convicted criminal immigrants who are eligible for deportation and are currently residing in local jails and state and federal prisons across the country.

These figures include not only those immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally, but all immigrants here who commit and have been convicted of crimes. Other accounting estimates indicate that the total cost for all corrections, medical and support services for adults and juvenile immigrant criminals nationally to be over $1.8 billion dollars.

At $75,560, housing a prisoner in California now costs more than a year at Harvard

13. Sean Hannity says illegal immigrants account for up to 75 percent of convictions for selected crimes


As a result, we built a chart demonstrating that Hannity accurately drew his numbers from data presenting percentages of 32 federal offenses for which citizens, non-citizens and, in particular, “illegal aliens” were sentenced in fiscal 2015.

Ghandnoosh said by email that Hannity’s percentages regarding five of the federal crimes accurately tracked the commission tallies.

In general, those classified as “illegal aliens” accounted for 25,670, or 37 percent, of 70,225 individuals convicted of all federal crimes in the 12 months through September 2015. That includes 18,782 sentenced for immigration offenses.

The “illegal alien” category accounted for the following share of convictions in the crimes cited by Hannity:

1,640 of 2,181 total convictions (75 percent) in which the primary charge was simple drug possession.

13 of 43 convictions (30 percent) for kidnapping/hostage taking.

21 of 100 convictions (21 percent) for “national defense” crimes, which include convictions for exporting arms, munitions or military equipment without a license or providing material support to designated foreign terrorist organizations or for terrorist purposes, per a 2013 commission report.

3,555 of 19,989 convictions (18 percent) for drug trafficking.

69 of 665 convictions (10 percent of them, for money laundering.

5 of 91 convictions, or 5.5 percent, for murder.

Mwonyonyi noted another aspect by pointing out to us that 73 percent of all the “illegal alien” federal offenders in the year–that is, 18,782 of 25,670 individuals–were primarily sentenced for immigration violations unique to the federal government. “If you take out the immigration crimes,” Mwonyonyi wrote, “you find that illegal aliens committed about 14% of all non-immigration federal crimes.”