Compare & Contrast!
Take burglary. There were 2,154,126 burglary offenses reported to law enforcement authorities in 2005, and 298,835 arrests for burglary that year – producing a de facto arrest rate of 13.9 percent. Of those arrested for this crime, 90 percent are usually prosecuted. Of those prosecuted 67 percent are convicted.More at the link.
Bottom line: Only 8.4 percent of reported burglary offenses result in a conviction.
By comparison, there were an estimated 7,355,000 illegal aliens working in the U.S in 2005. (This figure, from the Pew Hispanic Center, is based on their overall population estimate of 11.5 million illegal aliens. Other studies put the illegal alien population as high as 20 million.) [The Size and Characteristics of the Unauthorized Migrant Population in the U.S. Estimates Based on the March 2005 Current Population Survey(PDF|HTML)]
A mere 251 illegal workers were arrested on the jobsite by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) agents in 2005. Of those arrested, 188, or 75 percent, were convicted for violating immigration laws. [Homeland Security, 2005 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics, November 2006. Table 37. PDF]
Bottom line: Only 0.003 percent of illegal alien workers can expect to be arrested.
Thus burglary, a crime of stealth, is 2,800-times more likely to result in a conviction than immigration law violations committed in broad daylight.
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