Vernuccio’s View: Criminal Illegal Immigrants Generate Crime Hike

There is evidence that the Obama Administration’s decision not to deport illegal immigrants who have broken the law is responsible for a noteworthy portion of violent crime.

According to the Center for Immigration Studies  “In 2013, ICE freed 36,007 convicted criminal aliens from detention who were awaiting the outcome of deportation proceedings… This group included aliens convicted of hundreds of violent and serious crimes, including homicide, sexual assault, kidnapping, aggravated assault… The document reveals that the 36,007 convicted criminal aliens freed from ICE custody in many instances had multiple convictions…”

The sharp downturn in violent crime since the 1990’s has started to reverse itself. Violent crime and homicide increased by about 10% in 2015.

The Brennan Center found that murder in 2015 increased by about 14 percent, with just three cities — Baltimore, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. — responsible for half that increase. The Brennan Center also projects another 13.1% increase in 2016.  “Nationally, the murder rate is projected to increase 31.5 percent from 2014 to 2016 …”

According to a United Nations study, “The global average homicide rate stands at 6.2 per 100,000 population, but Southern Africa and Central America have rates over four times higher than that (above 24 victims per 100,000 population), making them the sub-regions with the highest homicide rates on record, followed by South America, Middle Africa and the Caribbean.” The wave of illegal immigrants comes heavily from Central America.

The Congressional Research Service  has found that Gang-related violence has been particularly acute in El Salvador, Honduras, and urban areas in Guatemala, contributing to some of the highest homicide rates in the world. Congress has maintained an interest in the effects of gang-related crime and violence on governance, citizen security, and investment in Central America. Congress has examined the role that gang-related violence has played in fueling mixed migration flows, which have included asylum seekers, by families and unaccompanied alien children (UAC) to the United States.

Breitbart notes that according to the FBI Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, continues to expand its influence in the United States. FBI investigations reveal that it is present in almost every state and continues to grow its membership, now targeting younger recruits more than ever before.

  • Between 2008 and 2014, 40% of all murder convictions in Florida were criminal aliens. In New York it was 34% and Arizona 17.8%.
  • During those years, criminal aliens accounted for 38% of all murder convictions in the five states of California, Texas, Arizona, Florida and New York, while illegal aliens constitute only 5.6% of the total population in those states.
  • That 38% represents 7,085 murders out of the total of 18,643.”

In 2015, the Daily Caller claimed that “President Obama unleashed a nation-wide crime wave when he directed his deputies to release 36,007 foreign criminals back into Americans neighborhoods in 2013, instead of repatriating the criminals…”

WND notes that “Sanctuary Cities,” (NYC is a sanctuary city) which help shield illegals from enforcement exacerbate the problem:

“Laws in sanctuary cities help shield illegal immigrants from deportation, even after they’ve committed felonies. Investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson … found the problem of the U.S. as a sanctuary for crime is much larger and often understated by politicians and advocates with special interests at stake. Families of victims say politics and political correctness have forced their personal tragedies into the shadows, while shielding the criminals…

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, investigating the issue, noted, ‘You’ve got an administration that thinks more highly of their interests in protecting undocumented workers than there is enforcing the law, and in the process of making that decision, violating their constitutional oath to faithfully execute the laws of this country.”

Frank Vernuccio serves as editor-in-chief of the New York Analysis of Policy & Government.

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