Crime occurs in every demographic around the world, but for many countries, the crimes that are committed by illegal aliens are bothersome on a higher level. Not only is that person in the country illegally, but they’ve also committed a crime. Even if you just take a look at the illegal action of entering a country illegal, the statistics are pretty shocking.
In the US, 97% of illegal immigrants cross over from the US/Mexico border and only 1 in 5 are ever caught.
Illegal Alien Crime
It is estimated that over 4 million illegal immigrants are driving on US roads every day. They do so without having insurance, a license, or sometimes even the ability to read the road signs that are designed to help drivers. What is interesting is that when illegal immigration statistics are compared with car theft statistics, the correlation is very profound.
- Out of the nearly 200k deportation that occurred in the last year, 23% of those deported had committed at least one criminal traffic offense.
- The primary reason why an illegal alien is pulled over in a vehicle is because they were driving while under the influence.
- It is estimated that drunk drivers who are illegal aliens kill 13 Americans every day on US roads.
- Another 12% of illegal aliens have been convicted of some form of a violent crime, including domestic and sexual assault.
- As illegal border crossings increase, the amount of illegal drug use and high speed police chases for violations increases as well.
- In the past year alone, 60% of the federal criminal convictions that have happened in the US are because of immigration crimes.
If you separated any demographic out and pulled their statistics, you’d find similar statistics across the board. The only difference is that when you’re talking about an illegal alien, you’re talking about someone who has already broken the law. They know what they are doing is wrong and this means they’re willing to take more chances. What do they have to lose? If they’re caught, they will either be deported or they will be placed into the criminal justice system in the US. They have no chance to pursue the freedoms they want. This means there is an added recklessness to their actions and that means a greater chance for crime to occur.
It Isn’t Just First Timers That Are Causing Problems
- In the first part of 2011, the most common lead charge for federal prosecutors to file was for the illegal re-entry of someone into the US. This means they had already been deported at least once.
- The estimated prison sentence for illegal re-entry is 14 months and it costs $134 per day to house someone convicted of this charge in prison.
- The number of immigrants who are re-entering illegally has nearly tripled across the US/Mexico border since 2005.
- Illegal re-entry cases take up about a third of the caseload of every federal prosecutor, up from just 5% less than a decade ago.
- When amnesty policies in the US are discussed, illegal immigration rates triple in every demographic.
- The amount of illegal immigrants crossing the US/Mexico border that come from somewhere other than Mexico has doubled in just two years.
- About 15% of those who are in the federal database for illegal entry were re-arrested in the last year and were responsible for nearly 60,000 crimes and violations.
Are there people who need to escape terrible conditions that threaten their lives and the US seems to be the only place of refuge? Yes. Do people deserve to have a second chance to find their dream and achieve something amazing for their families? Yes. There is a right way and a wrong way to approach this issue, however, and unfortunately many people are taking the wrong way. There will always be those families who must cross just so they can save their own lives. I think we can all agree that these are people who should be helped. On the other hand, there are repeat offenders who do nothing but create havoc in communities, commit felonies, and are violent. These are the people that influence the illegal alien crime stats and need to be stopped.
Why Are Illegal Crossings Happening So Much?
- It is estimated that the illegal drug trade that exists in Mexico is a $40 billion industry annually.
- Because the stakes are so high, the Mexican cartel warlords are willing to spend much and do whatever it takes to protect their profit streams.
- More than 42,000 people have been killed in Mexico because of the illegal drug trade that is going on right now.
- Because there is so much money, much of it is spread around to purchase relationships with law enforcement officials, which allows for easier transitions into the United States.
The drug war is costing people their lives and the US hasn’t always made the best decisions in fighting this war either. Tracking gun shipments that get into cartel hands normally results in more lost lives and very few convictions. It’s no wonder why Border Patrol guards on the US/Mexico border have such low morale! Because there is such violence and high stakes on the other side of the border, however, there is likely no end in sight to illegal crossings.
Why Is There An Emphasis On Illegal Alien Crime?
- In a 2007 study by the Government Accountability Office, there were over 55,000 illegal aliens arrested and they accounted for over 450k crimes committed in the US on their own.
- The average illegal alien has been arrested 8 times and 1 out of every 4 has more than 11 arrests on their record.
- 75% of the criminals that are on the most wanted lists of Los Angeles, Phoenix, and other major western US cities on average are illegal aliens.
- One quarter of the inmates that are housed in detention centers in the state of California are Mexican nationals. In New Mexico, it’s even worse – Mexican nationals make up 48% of the state’s prison population.
- In Arizona, 63% of the drivers who receive a citation have no insurance, no license, and no registration for the vehicle. 97% of drivers who have this triple issue are determined to be illegal aliens.
- Despite all of these issues, US ICE officials have released nearly 40,000 convicted criminals who are also illegal aliens as they await the outcome of their deportation proceedings.
- In 2013, there were 36k criminals released who were in the US illegally and they combined had over 88,000 convictions.
Amnesty is something that should happen, but the problem is that the US immigration system is broken. Putting amnesty into the picture right now for everyone isn’t going to do anyone any good – except the criminal element and the rare few who are trying to make a better life for themselves or for their children. Action needs to be taken now to address these concerns because otherwise our police forces are going to be working overtime. When our police are stretched thin, then bad things can happen on both sides of the badge. That’s why reforming immigration should be a high priority. So should find ways to prevent re-entry if at all possible.
What Does Illegal Alien Crime Look Like?
- In Idaho, a man was arrested for keeping a woman as a sex slave for 18 months in a home that was filled with deadly booby traps.
- In Florida, an illegal alien was arrested for raping five women and DNA evidence linked him to all five crimes.
- In Virginia, after a 19 year old freshman picked up an illegal alien to take him to the hospital, she made a wrong turn and was stabbed to death for her efforts.
- An illegal alien who was convicted of molesting a child and was beaten in prison was awarded a $4 million settlement for his injuries.
- A man who had been deported 9 previous times was arrested for raping a woman in Edmonds, WA and had been convicted for numerous violent crimes as well.
What makes crime examples like those above so heartbreaking is that they could be prevented with a better immigration policy. How can someone who has been deported 9 times find their way up to Washington State? Or in another instance, a car full of illegal aliens kidnapped a 13 year old girl and gang raped her for 24 hours before letting her go and the two who have been arrested for this are on hold pending immigration orders? Something needs to be done to stop these examples from increasing because unless something is done, there really isn’t any accountability to be found. When there’s no accountability, there’s no reason for someone to take responsibility for their actions.
Just How Bad Is The Overall Picture Of Illegal Alien Crime?
- Over 80% of the arrest warrants that are issued in Phoenix, Albuquerque, and Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.
- More than half of all the investigated break-ins and burglaries that have occurred in all the border states with Mexico were found to have been perpetrated by an illegal alien.
- It is estimated that half of all gang members in LA are illegal aliens.
- Two-thirds of the births that are recorded in California are to illegal aliens.
- Nearly 200 people who were released by ICE while pending deportation had been convicted of at least one homicide.
- More than one-quarter of defendants in an ICE investigation who are released have at least one serious drug conviction on their record.
The issue of illegal alien crime is at the forefront of society right now in the US because of the early 2014 decision to release a number of defendants that were considered to be low risk. The only problem was that many of these defendants were actually high risk and had been convicted of serious crimes. Now these folks are wandering around neighborhoods with very little supervision and people are justifiably upset by the actions. This is yet another reason why something needs to get done about illegal immigration.
Or All Of These Statistics Just Politically Motivated?
- Several studies indicate that immigrants, whether here legally or illegally, are less likely to commit a crime in the US than a US citizen.
- As the number of illegal crossings has dramatically increased since 1990, there has been an equally dramatic decrease in the overall homicide rate in the US, nearly 50% lower in 2012 than it was in 1991.
- Although fears of homicides spiking because of illegal alien traffic, the murder rates in the US are at their lowest levels since 1963.
- The foreign-born population of the US that is here legally has more than doubled over the last two decades.
- The states in the US that have the lowest crime rates are the ones that have the highest rates of immigration growth.
- A native US male is 5 times more likely to be incarcerated than a foreign-born male in the 18-39 age bracket.
There are certainly areas of the country that are dealing with illegal immigration on a daily basis. In some ways, this is a national issue because it is a national policy that is fueling this issue. On the other hand, to say that every community and that every illegal alien is going to commit a crime is an unfounded, stereotypical statement. It just isn’t going to happen. Now there might be increases in property crime and there may be uptakes in unreported crime if something happens to an illegal immigrant by another illegal immigrant, but the data is clear: if you’re a US citizen, there’s a higher risk that you’ll commit a domestic crime when compared to an illegal immigrant.