Criminal Immigrants in 2017: Their Numbers, Demographics, and Countries of Origin

Since taking office, President Trump has expanded interior immigration enforcement, made it easier for states and local governments to apprehend and detain illegal immigrants, and argued that building a wall is essential to reducing crime. These actions are largely based on the perception that illegal immigrants are a significant and disproportionate source of crime in the United States. A new brief from Michelangelo Landgrave and Alex Nowrasteh uses American Community Survey data from the U.S. Census to analyze incarcerated immigrants according to their citizenship and legal status in 2017. The data show that all immigrants—legal and illegal—are less likely to be incarcerated than native-born Americans relative to their shares of the population.

There Is No National Emergency on the Border, Mr. President

President Trump has declared a national emergency on the border to construct some portion of his promised border barrier. Lawyers will no doubt spill much ink arguing about the legalities surrounding the declaration and use of funds. However, according to Cato scholar Alex Nowrasteh, no reasonable person can look at the southern border and agree that it rises to the level of a national emergency.

Immigrants Recognize American Greatness: Immigrants and Their Descendants Are Patriotic and Trust America’s Governing Institutions

The assimilation and integration of immigrants and their children into American society is vital to the future success of the United States of America. Learning English and adopting American social values are important components of assimilation and integration into our society, but patriotism and confidence in American institutions are also critical. A new paper from Cato scholars Alex Nowrasteh and Andrew Forrester finds that immigrants and their children have levels of patriotism that are about the same as those of native-born Americans or that exceed them. Additionally, immigrants and their descendants have more trust in the three branches of American government than do native-born Americans.

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