PolitiFact: Are Mexican immigrants more law abiding than U.S. citizens?

  • Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson leaves the Utah State Capitol after meeting with with legislators in Salt Lake City in May. AP file

PolitiFact staff
Published: 7/15/2016 12:10:08 AM

During a July 3 interview on CNN, Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson said: “(Mexican immigrants) are more law-abiding than U.S. citizens and that is a statistic.”

Our ruling

Johnson said Mexican immigrants are not “murderers and rapists” but are actually “more law-abiding than U.S. citizens and that is a statistic.”

Numerous studies by scholars and partisan groups show that the foreign-born population is less likely to commit crimes than the native-born, and experts say this includes Mexican immigrants.

Researchers agree more data is needed to get a better understanding of immigration and crime, but the information available does not disprove Johnson’s point. We rate Johnson’s statement Mostly True.

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