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VIDEO: If You Look Up "Liar" in the Dictionary. . .


Li' ar (noun): A person who knowingly utters falsehood.

From Lou Dobbs Tonight, May 30, 2007:
DOBBS: [T]oday's scurrilous personal attack from "The New York Times" columnist David Leonhardt, carrying the water of the Southern Poverty Law Center, also has the facts wrong.

He wrote that I said, quote, that "One third of the inmates in the federal prison system are illegal immigrants." That isn't what I said. I didn't say anything close to it.1

Lou Dobbs Tonight, February 5, 2007:
DOBBS: And we should point out the number of illegal aliens in our jails, estimated anywhere from 20 to 30 percent, our prisons, both state and federal.2

Lou Dobbs Tonight, October 5, 2006:
DOBBS: A majority, but just about a third -- if we look at it proportionately, I think you would probably like to do that -- just about a third of the prison population in this country is estimated to be illegal aliens.3

CNN Live Today, March 28, 2006:
DOBBS: And it's costing us, no one knows precisely how much to incarcerate what is about a third of our prison population who are illegal aliens.4

According to the Department of Justice, non-citizens (which include both legal and illegal immigrants) make up 5.9 percent of the U.S. prison population.5

Immigrants comprise 12.5 percent of the U.S population.6

Numerous studies have found immigrants commit fewer crimes and are incarcerated at a lower rate than native-born citizens.7

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1. Lou Dobbs Tonight, CNN, aired 30 May 2007
2. Lou Dobbs Tonight, CNN, aired 5 Feb 2007
3. Lou Dobbs Tonight, CNN, aired 5 Oct 2006
4. CNN Live Today, CNN, aired 28 March, 2006
5. "Prison and Jail Inmates at Midyear 2006," Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, p. 18
6. "Statistical Portrait of the Foreign-Born Population in the United States 2006," Table 1, Pew Hispanic Center, 23 Jan 2008
7. See Ruben G. Rumbaut, Ph.D. and Walter A. Ewing Ph.D, “The Myth of Immigrant Criminality: Incarceration Rates among Native and Foreign Born Men,” Immigration Policy Center, Spring 2007; Kristin F. Butcher and Anne Morrison Piehl, “Crime, Corrections, and California: What Does Immigration Have to Do with It, Public Policy Institute of California,” Feb. 2008, Vol. 9, No. 3; Robert J. Sampson, “Rethinking Crime and Immigration,” Contexts: Understanding People in Their Social Worlds, American Sociological Association, Winter 2008

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