• Crime Crisis in America Ballooning Among Non-Citizens Living Here

    Surge Summary: Alarming statistics of federal government arrests over the past twenty years confirm: America’s immigration policy status quo spells trouble for the nation.

    It’s a startling statistic – and would seem to trashcan any argument that the current immigration status quo comes without meaningful blowback:

    CNSNews.com’s Terry Jeffrey passes along the data that of all federal government arrests made in fiscal 2018, approximately 64 percent were of non-U.S. citizens. This information comes courtesy of a report released Thursday by the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics.

    It represents a stark reversal from just two decades ago. At that time, approximately 63 percent of federal busts were of citizens. Only roughly 37 percent apprehended were non-citizens.

    The data for fiscal years 1998 through 2018 illustrates federal arrests of non-U.S. citizen first surpassed those of citizens a little over ten years ago, in fiscal 2008.

    Although immigration and immigration-related offenses accounted for the vast majority of non-U.S. citizen arrests, non-citizens were also over-represented among those arrested for non-immigration offenses, according to the report.

    “The five crime types for which non-U.S. citizens were most likely to be prosecuted in U.S. district court in 2018 were illegal reentry (72 percent of prosecutions), drugs (13 percent of prosecutions), fraud (4.5 percent), alien smuggling (4 percent), and misuse of visas (2 percent).”

    The report relates non-U.S. citizens, who only make up 7 percent of the U.S. population, accounted for 15 percent of prosecutions in U.S. district court for non-immigration crimes in 2018. Non-U.S. citizens in 2018? They were

    “responsible for 24 percent of all federal drug arrests and 25 percent of all federal property arrests, including 28 percent of all federal fraud arrests,” said the report.

    Of the nearly 196,000 that the federal government nabbed in fiscal 2018, almost 64 percent were non-U.S. citizens — up 233.5 percent from the non-U.S. citizens arrested in fiscal 1998.


    Of the 125,027 non-U.S. citizens that the federal government arrested in fiscal 2018, 78,062 (or 39.9 percent) were from Mexico; 39,858 (or 20.4 percent) were from Central America; and 7,107 (or 3.6 percent) were from other regions.

    In the years since fiscal 1998, the most dramatic increase in the number of non-U.S. citizens arrested annually was among those from Central America.

    Take Away: There is a national security/law-enforcement problem related to immigration emanating from below America’s southern border – and it’s growing.

    Between 1998 and 2018, the number of Mexican and Central American citizens apprehended here annually ballooned dramatically: 175 percent and over 3000 percent (!) respectively.

    Once more, slowly: There is a national security/law-enforcement problem related to immigration emanating from below America’s southern border – and it’s growing.

    Is it safe to presume that a commanding chunk – maybe a majority – of those arrests involved non-citizens residing in the U.S. illegally?

    Yes, immigration can be conducted in our nation in a humane and responsible manner. These crime stats, however, demonstrate it’s that latter quality that is perilously lacking at the moment.

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