Key il­le­gals stats miss­ing

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

“Rape at Mary­land high school stirs up de­bate on sanctuary cities” (Web, March 22) cites sta­tis­tics from a “study” ap­ply­ing enig­matic ref­er­ences to dif­fer­ent sta­tis­ti­cal pop­u­la­tions, and it misses key in­for­ma­tion. Us­ing the 2015 Cen­sus Bureau num­ber for the U.S. pop­u­la­tion (318,881,992) and the Jus­tice De­part­ment num­ber for the prison pop­u­la­tion (6,741,400), one gets a to­tal of 2.11 per­cent of the to­tal pop­u­la­tion as in­car­cer­ated that year. From the ar­ti­cle’s “5.6 per­cent” ref­er­ence one de­rives that 377,518 il­le­gals are in­car­cer­ated. Ac­cord­ing to Voice of Amer­ica News in De­cem­ber 2015 there were an es­ti­mated 11 mil­lion il­le­gals in the United States at that time. That would mean 3.43 per­cent of them were in­car­cer­ated.

Us­ing the ar­ti­cle’s fig­ures of 82.4 per­cent of the to­tal “na­tive­born” pop­u­la­tion (con­flat­ing le­gal and il­le­gal im­mi­grants) yielded 262,758,761. Then the ar­ti­cle’s “91.5 per­cent” of those in­car­cer­ated in that cat­e­gory yielded 6,168,381. This means that only 2.35 per­cent of these in­di­vid­u­als were in­car­cer­ated, a rate of only 69 per­cent of that of il­le­gals.

Of course those sta­tis­tics ig­nore the Obama “pri­or­i­tized” re­moval that year of 462,463 il­le­gals we were as­sured were “con­victed crim­i­nals and threats to pub­lic safety, bor­der se­cu­rity, and na­tional se­cu­rity.” If one to­tals those il­le­gals in­car­cer­ated and those de­ported as crim­i­nal and threats that year. the to­tal is 839,981, or 8 per­cent of the es­ti­mated il­le­gal pop­u­la­tion. Not quite the same pic­ture of­fered in the ar­ti­cle.

BILL MILLS Ster­ling, VA

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