In the last two years, our brave ICE officers made 266,000 arrests of criminal aliens, including those charged or convicted of nearly 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes and 4,000 killings or murders.
Four academic studies in 2018 show that illegal immigration does not increase the prevalence of violent crime or drug and alcohol problems. A study by the libertarian Cato Institute found that native-born residents were more likely to be convicted of a crime than were immigrants in the country lawfully or unlawfully. In an interview with NPR last May, then-White House chief of staff John Kelly acknowledged that most people crossing the border illegally “are not bad people.” “They’re not criminals,” Kelly said. “They’re not MS-13 gang members.”