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Report Looks at Crime by Foreign Nationals

August 6, 2012
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The rate of violent crimes by all Americans is about four percent. It is about the same for foreign nationals. However, a House committee on immigration said the Obama administration is guilty of a “reckless amnesty agenda that is dangerous and deadly for Americans.”

The House committee supports most anti-immigration laws passed by the states.

The report found most of the people taken into custody under the Secure Communities program were in the country legally. The report looked at records of 174,777 persons between October 2008 and July 2011. It found 10,867 were U.S. citizens. Of the remainder:

  • 868 had border-crossing cards
  • 37,135 appeared to be in the U.S. without legal authorization
  • 2,997 were under deportation proceedings
  • 88,693 were lawful permanent residents
  • 10,158 were in the country legally
  • 15,714 were  legal nonimmigrants
  • 4,561 were deported
  • 2,103 had warrants for deportation

There was no legal reason to remove 159,286 people. The study said ICE should have arrested 7,283 individuals for violent crimes. The numbers show the Secure Communities program results in many people being detained. Most are let go because, while undocumented, they are living peaceful lives. The director of ICE  said this is “a misleading picture of the facts.”

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