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Do illegal immigrants commit more crime than native-born Americans?


No. Illegal immigrants do not commit more crime than native-born Americans. We believe this is the best available short answer based on our reading of the 4 studies we found that examine this question. However, we believe this question is underresearched. Additional study may change our conclusion.

The 4 studies were published from 2008 to 2017. Conclusions from three studies suggest that illegal immigrants do not commit more crime than native-born Americans. One study found that evidence is conflicted and concluded that the question could not be determined either way as of 2009.

Keep in mind that we strive to only include studies that directly address this question. Evidence from studies focusing on other questions may indirectly support or undermine our conclusion.

There are also 2 studies that may be relevant to this question. If they are relevant, let us know and we will consider adding them to the list below and updating this answer accordingly.

Last updated: Dec. 11, 2017
Author of narrative summary: State of K

Summaries of Studies

Number of studies that examine this question: 4
Number of additional studies that may be relevant: 2
Sorted by: Publication Year
List created by:
Alex Hamilton, Senior Analyst at Sample Institute
List edited by: Maria Reynolds, Charles Lee



Additional Studies to Consider Adding to List

Note: These are studies that were either published after this list was last edited or that previous editors may have overlooked. Let us know if you think a study examines this question. If you think it does, we will consider adding it to the list and updating the above answer accordingly.


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