Week of September Oct. 3 – Oct. 9
This weekly illegals crime report aims to inform the public on the importance of border security and strict immigration laws. Each week we highlight some of the worst offenses committed by illegal aliens, but that does not even begin to scratch the surface of all crimes perpetrated by those that do not wish to become a contributing, productive member of our society. To those who fervently fight to tear down walls and open our land to all and sundry, these reports are nothing more than a crime blotter page, where local citizens could be featured as well. So this week, let’s focus on some data that shows this serious situation by the numbers, and demonstrates just how dangerous liberals’ open-border thinking really is.
The Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics reveals some frightening information. It accounts for crimes committed by non-citizens over a period of years, and a growing rate of illegal activities.
First, it’s important to set the stage. While the United States is in the midst of a border crisis with hundreds of thousands of immigrants forcing their way across our borders, the proportion of recognized undocumented residents in the country is not particularly high. Non-citizens, including legal and known illegal residents, only account for 7% of the entire US population. Now, here’s where that number really tells the story: Even though non-citizens account for a small part of the US population, they also represented nearly two-thirds (64%) of all federal arrests in 2018. Let that sink in a moment. Seven percent of the population account for 64% of federal arrests!
We are not just talking about arrests for immigration crimes. Let’s look at some other numbers.
Non-citizens accounted for:
- 24% of all federal drug arrests.
- 25% of all federal property arrests.
- 28% of all federal fraud arrests.
According to the Justice Department, “Of non-U.S. citizens prosecuted in U.S. district court in 2019, 0.3% were prosecuted for first-time illegal entry; 99.7% were prosecuted for something else,” and, “Of suspects prosecuted in U.S. district court in 2018, 57% were U.S. citizens and 43% were non-U.S. citizens.”
Mexican drug cartels play a huge role in some of these major crimes. In 2018, about a quarter of all federal drug arrests took place in the five judicial districts along the US-Mexico border. And, last year, Mexican citizens accounted for 40% of all federal arrests. In fact, according to the Department, more Mexicans than US citizens were arrested on federal crime charges in 2018. “In 2018, the number of federal arrests of Mexican citizens (78,062) exceeded the number of federal arrests of U.S. citizens (70,542).” The number of arrests for federal crimes increased from 76,171 in 2017 to 126,293 in 2018.
Central American migrant arrests are also on a dramatic rise. Federal arrests of this demographic rose from only 1% (1,171) in 1998 to 20% (39,858) in 2018 – 10% per decade.
Crime on the Border
Our border states suffer tremendously from crimes committed by illegal aliens. Take a look at Texas, one of the hardest-hit areas. The Texas Department of Public Safety (TDPS) released a report that revealed more than 302,000 criminal aliens were booked into the state’s jails between June 1, 2011 and Sept. 30, 2019. Of those, over 205,000 were classified as illegal aliens by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Notice, the bookings were for alleged local crimes committed, not immigration infractions. These immigrants were charged with 494,000 offenses in the area.
Let’s do another breakdown by the numbers, and keep in mind this represents only the state of Texas.
According to TDPS, some of the 302,000 cases are still being prosecuted, but there have already been more than 225,000 convictions which include:
- 500 homicides.
- 23,954 assaults.
- 8,070 burglaries.
- 297 kidnappings.
- 14,178 thefts.
- 2,026 robberies.
- 3,122 sexual assaults.
- 3,840 sexual offenses.
- 3,158 weapon charges.
And to make matters worse, these numbers do not include a full tally. The TDPS states:
“These figures only count individuals who previously had an encounter with DHS that resulted in their fingerprints being entered into the DHS IDENT database. Foreign nationals who enter the country illegally and avoid detection by DHS, but are later arrested by local or state law enforcement for a state offense will not have a DHS response in regard to their lawful status and do not appear in these courts.”
After 2011, there were 10,389 individuals who had not been identified through the program at the time of arrest but about whom the Department of Criminal Justice alerted the state after their incarceration. These suspects were charged with more than 7,000 criminal offenses with over 4,000 convictions which included:
- 70 homicides.
- 529 assaults.
- 339 burglary.
- 796 drug charges.
- 16 kidnapping.
- 191 thefts.
- 306 obstructing police.
- 213 robberies.
- 410 sexual assaults.
- 189 sexual offenses.
- 77 weapons convictions.
The numbers don’t lie. There is no way to paint a pretty picture out of this information. Sanctuary states and cities are only adding to the crimes committed against our citizens. It’s time for open-borders advocates to open their eyes and see the data staring them straight in the face. Immigration control and border security are a necessity to our safety and way of life.