In an instructive op-ed for Fox News this week, Heritage Foundation expert Hans von Spakovsky lamented the fact that the liberal media, through layers of fiction and obfuscation, was refusing to confront the rise in crime committed by illegal immigrants. Working off the unfortunate decision by a California appeals court to overturn the conviction of the illegal alien to shot and killed Kate Steinle in San Francisco, von Spakovsky said that while liberals like to claim that illegal immigrants commit crime at no higher rates than citizens, that statistic is not quite the whole truth.
“Non-citizens constitute only about 7 percent of the U.S. population. Yet the latest data from the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics reveals that non-citizens accounted for nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of all federal arrests in 2018. Just two decades earlier, only 37 percent of all federal arrests were non-citizens,” he writes.
“These arrests aren’t just for immigration crimes,” von Spakovsky continues. “Non-citizens accounted for 24 percent of all federal drug arrests, 25 percent of all federal property arrests, and 28 percent of all federal fraud arrests. In 2018, a quarter of all federal drug arrests took place in the five judicial districts along the U.S.-Mexico border. This reflects the ongoing activities of Mexican drug cartels. Last year, Mexican citizens accounted for 40 percent of all federal arrests. In fact, more Mexicans than U.S. citizens were arrested on charges of committing federal crimes in 2018.”
Oh well, it’s just on the federal level, right? To carry that over to all crimes would be to do the same kind of “play with the facts” nonsense that the left is so often guilty of.
Ah, but von Spakovsky explains that there is much more to illegal immigrant crime than what can be gleaned from federal statistics.
“A recent report from the Texas Department of Public Safety revealed that 297,000 non-citizens had been ‘booked into local Texas jails between June 1, 2011 and July 31, 2019.’ So these are non-citizens who allegedly committed local crimes, not immigration violations,” he writes. “The report noted that a little more than two-thirds (202,000) of those booked in Texas jails were later confirmed as illegal immigrants by the federal government.”
We’re not just talking about drug busts, either. We’re talking about homicides, assaults, burglaries, kidnappings, and thefts.
Illegal immigrant crime is on the rise, and instead of addressing it, states and cities are adopting dangerous sanctuary policies to protect these very criminals from deportation. It’s time for Americans to stand up for OUR rights to be safe from criminals who don’t belong in this country in the first place.