On assorted blogs in the last few days I’ve seen some figures relating to illegal immigrants that seem unrealistic, skewed, or just plain bogus. While my search for the source of these statistics hasn’t been exhaustive, so far I’ve just found these repeated and recited on a number of right wing “news” sites and anti-illegal-immigrant blogs, adding to my skepticism.
According to San Diego talk radio host Rick Roberts, the following stats (which Roberts refers to as facts… and there is a difference) come from the Los Angeles Times… although he doesn’t provide any specific citation:
-95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.
-75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.
-Over 2/3’s of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal whose births were paid for by taxpayers.
-The FBI reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are most likely illegal aliens from south of the border.
I’m posting more after the jump – but for now I wanted to find out if any readers can backup or dispute these figures with a proper source or citation. For now these seem just a bit sketchy.
UPDATED: Don Hosek of LA Stories directs me to the ever useful Snopes.com which has looked into the issue and come to a similar conclusion as I did: there is no verifiable source of the statistics in most cases, and in others they are taken completely out of context or just made up. If any readers can provide any more info it would be appreciated…
UPDATE #2: Matt Welch of the L.A. Times says this is a hoax, and that the paper will be reporting on it…
More Rick Roberts “facts”:
-40% of all workers in L.A. County (L.A. County has 10 million people) are working for cash and not paying taxes. This was because they are predominantly illegal immigrants, working without a green card.
-Nearly 25% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally.
-Over 300,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles County are living in garages.
-Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal.
-21 radio stations in L.A. are Spanish speaking.
-In L.A.County 5.1 million people speak English. 3.9 million speak Spanish (10.2 million people in L.A.County).
(hat tip to Reverse_Vampyr)