Walter A. Ewing, PhD, Senior Researcher at the American Immigration Council, Daniel E. Martinez, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and inaugural director of the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute at The George Washington University, and Ruben G. Rumbaut, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine, in a July 13, 2015 article "The Criminalization of Immigration in the United States," available at the American Immigration Council website, stated:

“Between 1990 and 2013, the foreign-born share of the U.S. population grew from 7.9 percent to 13.1 percent and the number of unauthorized immigrants more than tripled from 3.5 million to 11.2 million.

During the same period, FBI data indicate that the violent crime rate declined 48 percent—which included falling rates of aggravated assault, robbery, rape, and murder. Likewise, the property crime rate fell 41 percent, including declining rates of motor vehicle theft, larceny/robbery, and burglary.”

July 13, 2015