Fact 1: Despite isolated incidents — which happen among American citizens, too
— a number of recent studies
clearly show that undocumented immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than those born on U.S. soil. According to a study done this year
by the libertarian Cato Institute that looked at criminal conviction data for 2015 in Texas, there were 56% fewer criminal convictions of undocumented immigrants than of native-born Americans. They were also less likely to commit homicide and larceny. While undocumented immigrants were more likely to be convicted of "gambling, kidnapping, smuggling, and vagrancy," those only represented 0.18% of all convictions. Another recent study
found a correlation between high populations of undocumented immigrants and lower rates of violent crime.