FAIR Check on Trump – Six Key Questions Answered


“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

First, how on Earth did his Trump’s poll numbers rise after saying this?

It isn’t what he said it’s that he said something. Trump’s statement reflects the outrage and powerlessness the public feels about an issue that is spiraling out of control which the other candidates are dancing around. When Americans speak freely about immigration they’re often ignored, marginalized and demonized. Trump’s statements — while not delicate or entirely factual — tapped into that raw emotion. Most are not drug smugglers, or rapists. But the same open borders that have allowed millions of people to enter illegally in search of jobs, incontrovertibly allow dangerous criminals to enter as well. And this week, in the wake of Kathryn Steinle’s murder at the hands of an illegal alien deported five times, Trump’s comments have spurred a conversation about the link between crime and illegal immigration.

So are all illegal aliens criminals?

All illegal aliens break the law. The only way you can say they don’t is to claim we have no immigration laws.

The illegal alien population is composed of those who cross the border illegally and others who enter legally but overstay their visas. The former is a crime and the latter is a civil offense, both are deportable offenses under the Section 237 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which says: “Any alien who is present in the United States in violation of this Act or any other law of the United States is deportable.”

So they violate immigration laws, what else?

Violating immigration laws is a serious offense. But if that’s not enough, consider this:  those entering the country illegally do not arrive with background checks in hand. Of those apprehended, the Border Patrol reports that 1 in every 12 illegal aliens has a criminal record. This begs the question of how many illegal aliens evade the Border Patrol and whether they have criminal histories. And even if an illegal alien doesn’t have a criminal history in the U.S. he may have one in his home country.

But even if an illegal alien doesn’t come to the U.S. with a criminal history, the initial breach of immigration laws is usually just the first offense in a series of other offenses including document fraud and identity theft and filing false information for jobs or benefits, all of which violate numerous state and federal laws.

Illegal entry is a criminal act which begets more criminal behavior.

What really is known about illegal immigration and overall crime stats?

The illegal alien population of 11.7 million represents 3.6% of the U.S. population (318 million), yet illegal aliens disproportionally comprise13.6 percent of all offenders sentenced in the U.S. following a federal criminal conviction, excluding immigration violations. As reported by the U.S. Sentencing Commission, several categories of crime reveal eye-popping percentages; illegal aliens represent 12 percent of murder sentences, 20 percent of kidnapping sentences and 16 percent of drug trafficking sentences.

Well, at least they’re all in jail or being deported aren’t they?

No they’re not.

According to data published by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), derived from ICE, there are 168,680 convicted criminal aliens currently in the U.S. who have final orders of removal but who remain at large. In most cases, an immigration judge issues the order of removal when an illegal alien fails to show up for his deportation hearing and is never heard from again.

The problem of absconders, however, is now being exacerbated by criminal aliens that ICE has simply released.  According to CIS, ICE has released over 179,018 convicted criminal aliens while they await their deportation hearings. In 2014, ICE released 30,558 criminal aliens, who (combined)  had 79,059 criminal convictions including 86 homicide convictions; 186 kidnapping convictions; 373 sexual assault convictions; 449 sexual offenses; 1,194 battery convictions; 1,346 domestic violence convictions; and 13,636 driving under the influence of alcohol convictions

This year, ICE has already released 10,246 criminal aliens.

And of those ICE actively released back onto the streets from 2010 to 2014, 121 have been charged with “homicide-related crimes” according to fresh information provided by ICE to theSenate Judiciary Committee.

With regard to deportations, those numbers are falling faster year-to-year than the Chinese stock market.  In 2013, 368,604 illegal aliens were removed, in 2014 there were 306,000 removed and this year only 117,181 have been removed. Overall deportations are at their lowest point since the Ford Administration.

Specifically, the number of criminal aliens deported from the interior has declined by 43 percent since 2012, from 153,000 to 87,000.

What is the acceptable level of crime we should tolerate from illegal aliens?

Ask the widows of Sacramento Deputy Sheriffs Danny Oliver and Jeff Davis who were recently murdered by Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte, a twice-deported, convicted criminal illegal alien who fired his gun in the face of both officers if even one crime is acceptable.

And, this week, consider if the family of Kathryn Steinle thinks there is any acceptable level of crime we should tolerate.

Trump wasn’t right and he wasn’t wrong. Ultimately he got us talking when we needed to the most.


Read more about crime and illegal aliens here.

avatar About Bob Dane

Bob has been with FAIR since 2006 serving as the organization's Press Secretary and Communications Director. His deep belief is that immigration is the most transformational determinant of where we are heading as a nation and that our policies must be reformed in the public interest. Over many years on thousands of radio, TV and print interviews, Bob has made the case that unless immigration is regulated and sensibly reduced, it will be difficult for America to reduce unemployment, increase wages, improve health care and education and heighten national security. Prior to joining FAIR, Bob spent twenty years in network radio, marketing and communications after an earlier career in policy and budgeting within the Reagan Administration. Bob has a degree from George Mason University in Public Administration and Management.


  1. avatar Barbara Griffith says:

    I said this when I first heard what Trump was saying about the invasion from Mexico which he describes perfectly is the fact he can’t be bribed with million dollar donations like all of the rest of crooks running for office can be so easily. He can buy and sell all of the lobbyists in DC with plenty left over. In my books that makes him more honest than all of them. He’s paying his own way which puts him out of the reach of anyone that would like to influence him with large cash donations. I think that’s why there are so many negative comments about him in the newspapers but also plenty of comments siding with him. One thing I hope to see is Trump sitting across the table during a debate with Clinton.

  2. avatar A Reader says:

    Textual analysis of Mr. Trump’s statement doesn’t reveal any false propositions. He might have been imprecise in his use of the pronoun “they”, but has not state anything that his opponents can prove to be false.

    As a matter of fact, it is not just two illegals that bring crime to the US and who rape (which in itself would justify “they”), there are multitudes of them.

    Attempt to portray the majority of illegals as “law-abiding” is a typical nonsense that those who propagate it cannot prove. One can say that, apparently, the vast majority of illegals have not been caught on breaking the law, but this is in big part the result of intentionally lax enforcement when illagals are the culprits.

    It is fair to assume that similar fraction of “immigrant” lawbreakers are apprehended and prosecuted for their crimes
    to the fraction of illegals who are actually deported. from that assumption one can reasonably speculate that there are many times more “immigrant” lawbreakers than the official statistics seem to suggest.

    It’s like if the government decided to not go after thieves anymore and then claimed “Look, people, no more theft!”

  3. avatar Bruce says:

    If libs want to live in that type of country, maybe the solution is to split up. If we conservatives are all racist, hating, homophobic, cheap, religious morons, why would they want us in their country anyway? Calimexico and the Northeast are gone, never to see the Constitutional light of day. Fair enough, borders change all through history. Let the countries of Calimexico and New England begin. They should rejoice at kicking our gun toting, bible clutching asses out. Then we can go back to sane policies. I am serious, the system is too broken. In the mean time, push back. Don’t worry about labels. Boycott San Francisco and Calimexico. The libs are VERY good at organizing push back and protest, we should learn from them.

  4. avatar giley says:

    The president of the United States sets the tone for what goes on in may aspects of our society. In Obama’s six plus years in office, our country has gone into a chaotic slide where right is wrong and wrong is right. Our military has suffered decline in both efficiency and moral value. Our immigration laws are not enforced as they were intended and the invasion from mostly Mexico continues. Sanctuary cities should never have existed and now illegal alien felons run lose at will. The majority GOP senate and congress shows no aggressive plan to fix the mess that we’re in, it’s all talk and no action.

  5. avatar David Smith says:

    How bad it has gotten is illustrated by the recent illegal alien who was upset as he called 911 for a pickup by the Border Patrol and waited for 9 hours for one to show up complaining of slow service! Another is a mass grave across the border in Texas of Mexican illegals shot by Mexican coyotes and some attorney is blaming the local Texas County Commissioners as it happen on US soil and is cupable and wants to file a lawsuit for millions in damages! This is how ridicilious things have gotten.

  6. avatar Steven says:

    While I’m pleased that the illegal immigration problem has been in the spotlight thanks to Donald Trump and some unfortunate crimes, I am concerned because everyone now seems to be backpedaling a bit. Instead of denouncing ALL illegal immigrants the conversation has been re-focused on felony criminal illegal aliens only. I suppose we have to discuss change in increments, starting first with the “low hanging fruit”. I hope that after we fix the felony criminal alien problem we move onto the concept of DEPORTING the rest of the illegal aliens.

  7. avatar Leland says:

    The Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel controls most of the border crossing points. It’s leader Joaquin Guzman has now escaped their maximum security prison for the second time. The last time he was gone for over a decade before being recaptured in 2014. At that time the US asked Mexico to send him here to face federal charges and to avoid the possibility of another escape there. We were assured by Mexico that the chance of another escape “does not exist”. Apparently it does exist.

    Yes we have prison breaks but as we just saw those guys are tracked down shortly. But we have no escapes from our “super max” prisons where Guzman would have been sent. Obviously, well, obvious except for those in denial, the drug cartels reach high into the Mexican government. Those in charge of fighting the cartels openly admit that probably half their agents actually work with the cartels. But let’s not criticize Mexico. Let’s condemn Donald Trump instead.

  8. Trump is the New Ross Perot of illegal Immigration Instead of Deficit Spending

    He may have to use a 3rd party to get his points advanced.

  9. avatar Mark says:

    the INCOMPREHENSIBLE BOOB at the wh helm should be in shackles by now !! him and that LIAR and taxpayer money stealing corrupt valerie jarrett !!!

  10. I believe he’s right and something seriously needs to be done about it instead of messing around about it

    • Why hasn’t Obama and his minions been impeached, arrested, imprisoned for treason, and deported? Is there no Republican willing to be brave enough to speak up about the travesty that is taking place in America now, besides Mr.Trump? I understand that losing votes in 2016 is a big deal, but do you care enough to keep our economy and flag flying? America, as we know it, is collapsing faster than our infrastructure! Why isn’t my Republican Party being aggressive about obvious issues that need to be addressed?
      What’s that? I can’t hear anyone!

      • avatar Anita Pool says:

        I agree. Do something NOW. I’m voting for Trump!!!

      • avatar Julianne Bedford says:

        I agree……WHY haven’t impeachment proceedings been started?????
        Nixon was impeached for less…..

      • avatar Michelle says:

        If OBAMA gets impeached we’ll be called “racists” and this will bring more division between races which is exactly what OBUMMER wants.

        Liberals/Leftists/Socialist/Marxist/Muslimists do not understand true facts…only their own lies and deceptions that are repeated so many times by the MSM that average Joe’s believe them. Its sad that we have to wait until our next presidential election and HOPE that HILLARY’S SOROS’ friends don’t fix the voting machines to make her the winner. PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY is the best we can do, at the moment. God Bless us ALL!

      • avatar Rossbach says:

        If the American people wait for the GOP to do anything effective about the illegal alien problem, they will be waiting for a very long time.