Il­le­gals’ crime rate 100 per­cent

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

This week At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions di­rected 94 U.S. at­tor­neys to en­force hu­man-smug­gling laws, as well as iden­tity-theft-re­lated and So­cial-Se­cu­rity-re­lated fraud. (The chief ac­tu­ary of the So­cial Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion has said that some 75 per­cent of work­ing il­le­gal aliens use false So­cial Se­cu­rity num­bers).

When it came to il­le­gals, hereto­fore both the Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion and (more egre­giously) the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion had all but stopped en­force­ment of laws re­gard­ing So­cial Se­cu­rity fraud, in­come-tax eva­sion, per­jury, iden­tity theft and hu­man smug­gling. The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion even or­dered the De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment agents not to pur­sue in­ves­ti­ga­tions into crim­i­nal or­ga­ni­za­tions that pro­duce false gov­ern­ment iden­tity doc­u­ments used by il­le­gals.

Too of­ten main­stream me­dia falsely leads Amer­i­cans to be­lieve that il­le­gal aliens in this coun­try com­mit crimes at a lower rate than na­tive­born Amer­i­cans. Ac­cord­ing to the CATO In­sti­tute, this “fact” is de­rived solely from in­car­cer­a­tion sta­tis­tics. Crim­i­nal jus­tice schol­ars have long known that in­car­cer­a­tion rates do not mir­ror crime rates and are not in­dica­tive of crime rates. Com­mit­ting a crime and be­ing caught, pros­e­cuted con­victed and in­car­cer­ated does not ac­count for those peo­ple who com­mit crimes and are not held ac­count­able.

Even though all il­le­gal aliens com­mit im­mi­gra­tion crimes (100 per­cent), some 85 per­cent of them also com­mit tax eva­sion, and about 25 per­cent com­mit iden­tity theft. Yet they have not been pros­e­cuted be­cause to have done so has re­cently been deemed po­lit­i­cally in­cor­rect. Some 300 sanc­tu­ary cities and their lawen­force­ment agen­cies refuse to ar­rest these law-break­ers for any­thing but vi­o­lent felonies. Thus in­car­cer­a­tion sta­tis­tics have lit­tle or no bear­ing on the true crime rates of il­le­gal aliens in this coun­try.


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