A new report on federal convictions reveals that nearly half were committed by “non-citizens,” with most likely to be illegal immigrants.

The U.S. Sentencing Commission, reviewing data from 2011-2016, said that 44.2 percent of those convicted of violating a federal law were “non-citizens.”

And according to an analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies, even when immigration crimes are omitted, the legal and illegal immigrants accounted for 21.4 percent of federal convictions during the six-year period.

For perspective, CIS Research Director Steven Camarota said that “non-citizens” make up about 8.4 percent of the U.S., so their criminal impact is “2.5 times their percentage of the population.”

On the question of illegal versus legal immigrant crime, Camarota wrote, “The commission's data does not distinguish legal status among non-citizens. It is almost certain that a majority of the non-citizens convicted of federal crimes are illegal immigrants. But we cannot say for sure because that information is not provided. What we can say, at least at the federal level, is that non-citizens are more likely to commit crimes than non-citizens.”

He also noted that most crimes occur on the local level. And there non-citizens, especially illegal immigrants, have an outsized percentages of convictions.

In Oregon, for example, blogger David Olen Cross regularly reports on state crime data and finds about 20 percent of those in jail are non-citizens.

Camarota pulled some key conviction data from the Commission report:

Areas where non-citizens account for a much larger share of convictions than their 8.4 percent share of the adult population include:

  • 42.4 percent of kidnapping convictions.
  • 31.5 percent of drug convictions.
  • 22.9 percent of money laundering convictions.
  • 13.4 percent of administration of justice offenses (e.g. witness tampering, obstruction, and contempt).
  • 17.8 percent of economic crimes (e.g. larceny, embezzlement, and fraud).
  • 13 percent of other convictions (e.g. bribery, civil rights, environmental, and prison offenses).
  • 12.8 percent of auto thefts.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com