Congressman Lamar Smith

Representing the 21st District of Texas
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Rep. Smith: Illegal immigrants dangerous to Americans

Mar 28, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) discussed the path to “Restoring Enforcement of our Nation’s Immigration Laws” with expert witnesses at a House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security hearing.

Congressman Smith described how the high rate of crime among illegal immigrants endangers our communities.

He said, “When you look at the crimes committed by illegal immigrants, you find out that for example over 35% of the individuals who are sentenced for federal crimes are illegal immigrants(1)… Well illegal immigrants are 3.5 percent of the population, so that means they are ten times more likely to be sentenced for a federal crime than legal residents. Ten times. And that’s why we say rightfully that illegal immigrants are disproportionally dangerous to innocent Americans and dangerous to our communities and dangerous to our neighborhoods.” (00:21)

Congressman Smith is founder and chairman of the House Border Security Caucus.

Full video of Congressman Smith’s comments at the hearing are viewable here.

(1). U.S. Sentencing Commission’s Interactive Sourcebook, 2015.