In an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity Wednesday, Univision's Jorge Ramos tried numerous times to correct Hannity's errant statistics on undocumented immigrant crime, going so far as to accuse him of lying to his viewers.
“I’m not here to defend real criminals,” Ramos said. “But you don’t tell your audience the truth, the facts, that immigrants are less likely to be criminals than those born in the United States.”
“That’s not factually accurate,” Hannity shot back, citing statistics from the U.S. Sentencing Commission that, in 2016, 13 percent of all federal sentences were given to illegal immigrants.
The overwhelming majority of federal sentences given to those in the country illegally are for crimes related to their immigration status. In terms of violent crime, just 15 unauthorized immigrants were primarily convicted of murder, 51 of assault and 13 of sexual abuse in 2016, according to data from the commission.
Ramos attempted to insert factual information into the discussion, but Hannity could not agree that Ramos's information was factual:
Ramos countered by pointing to a different set of statistics from the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank, that show 7 percent of undocumented immigrants have been convicted of a crime but less than 3 percent involved felonies, which can include both violent and non-violent offenses.