By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) One of the Democrat Left’s most enduring arguments against border security and enforcement of all immigration laws is that non-citizens aren’t committing crimes to the same extent that Americans are and, thus, somehow don’t constitute a serious threat to our society.
Mind you, some have said that all illegal immigrant crime is preventable based on the supposition that all illegal immigration is preventable. But nevertheless, whether that’s true or even practical isn’t the point. What is important to note is that the Left’s ‘immigrants don’t commit crimes’ argument is bogus, and the Justice Department just proved it.
According to a DoJ report released earlier this week, two-thirds of all federal arrestees last year were non-citizens, up exponentially over previous years.
Cue the crickets from the open borders crowd.
NBC News (surprisingly) reported:
Arrests of noncitizens by the U.S. government more than tripled over the past decade and now account for 64 percent of all federal arrests, the Justice Department said Thursday.
“While noncitizens make up seven percent of the U.S. population, they accounted for 15 percent of all federal arrests” in 2018, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, which said noncitizens accounted for roughly one-quarter of all federal drug and property crime arrests.
Concern about crime committed by undocumented immigrants has been a key point in the Trump administration’s push for stricter border controls. But the report showed that most of the arrests of noncitizens were for immigration offenses, not violent crimes.
Who cares what the criminal offense was? The fact is they were criminal offenses. Unbeknownst to Democrats and their mainstream media allies, sneaking into America remains a crime.
The Justice Department’s official statement noted:
In 2018, 64% of all federal arrests were of non-U.S. citizens, the Bureau of Justice Statistics announced today. In comparison, 37% of all federal arrests in 1998 were of non-U.S. citizens.
Federal arrests of non-U.S. citizens more than tripled from 1998 to 2018 (rising 234%), while federal arrests of U.S. citizens rose 10%. While non-U.S. citizens make up 7% of the U.S. population (per the U.S. Census Bureau for 2017), they accounted for 15% of all federal arrests and 15% of prosecutions in U.S. district court for non-immigration crimes in 2018. Non-U.S. citizens accounted for 24% of all federal drug arrests and 25% of all federal property arrests, including 28% of all federal fraud arrests.
The country of citizenship of persons arrested by federal law enforcement changed notably over time. From 1998 to 2018, Mexican citizens’ share of federal arrests rose from 28% to 40%. Citizens of Central American countries’ share of federal arrests rose from 1% to 20% during the same period, while U.S. citizens’ share of federal arrests fell from 63% to 36%.
Of course, NBC News had to clarify that:
In 2018, U.S. citizens still accounted for the vast majority of non-immigration arrests — 91 percent for violent crimes, 93 percent for public order violations and 96 percent of all arrests on weapons charges.
Again, so? We would expect the majority of arrests in America to be of American citizens. And while violent crime is never anything to lightly dismiss, illegal aliens and non-citizens committing non-violent crimes doesn’t make it any better, especially when they’re not supposed to be in the country in the first place.
The Left will continue to try to justify open borders in any way they can. But the DoJ’s report proves that one of the narratives — non-citizens aren’t lawbreakers — has been officially debunked.
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