Vernuccio’s View: Obama Criminal Aliens Policy Reversed

The failure—some would say refusal– of the Obama Administration to effectively address the challenge presented by criminal aliens was largely obscured by the reluctance of the media to provide coverage of these offenses.

The Heritage Foundation notes that a 2005 GAO report  (GAO-05-337R) found that criminal aliens (both legal and illegal) make up 27 percent of all federal prisoners.  However, those and similarly worrisome statistics are not reflected in the major media.

A March 23 Fox news  analysis reported that ABC, NBC, and CBS provided little to no coverage of the rape in Maryland by illegal aliens, and contrasted that with the significant air time given to the alleged University of Virginia fraternity rape case that proved to be false.

An MRC Newsbusters  review pointed out that

“National establishment media coverage of the alleged…rape of a 14 year-old freshman at Rockville High School at the hands of two late-teen classmates in the U.S. illegally — a story which first drew national attention only because it became a White House press briefing topic — has been grudging from the start. Now it has virtually ceased, even though the incident is at least the second recent violent one at the school, even though the father of one of the two teens is also an illegal immigrant who is now under arrest, and even though school system spending on English for Speakers of Other Languages largely resulting from the County’s ‘sanctuary’ status is spiraling out of control. Despite all of this, virtually no one in the press cares.”

Indeed, some major media outlets are so eager to coverup the crimes committed by illegals that they publish diversionary articles. Townhall notes that “illegal immigrants commit crime far more often than legal immigrants…” and asks “Why is the media fabricating a false narrative that illegal immigrants commit fewer crimes than American citizens? Here’s why: To attack President Trump’s immigration policies, most notably his travel ban.”

The statistics are sobering. Take just one state, Texas, as an example.

The Texas Department of Public Safety notes “According to DHS status indicators, over 217,000 criminal aliens have been booked into local Texas jails between June 1, 2011 and March 31, 2017. During their criminal careers, these criminal aliens were charged with more than 579,000 criminal offenses. Those arrests include 1,179 homicide charges; 68,900 assault charges; 16,854 burglary charges; 68,999 drug charges; 699 kidnapping charges; 40,818 theft charges; 45,104 obstructing police charges; 3,813 robbery charges; 6,190 sexual assault charges; and 8,693 weapons charges. Of the total criminal aliens arrested in that timeframe, over 144,000 or 66% were identified by DHS status as being in the US illegally at the time of their last arrest. According to DPS criminal history records, those criminal charges have thus far resulted in over 260,000 convictions including 485 homicide convictions; 25,882 assault convictions; 8,239 burglary convictions; 34,077 drug convictions; 238 kidnapping convictions; 18,543 theft convictions; 22,179 obstructing police convictions; 1,939 robbery convictions; 2,812 sexual assault convictions; and 3,625 weapons convictions. Of the convictions associated with criminal alien arrests, over 173,000 or 66% are associated with aliens who were identified by DHS status as being in the US illegally at the time of their last arrest.”

In the strange world of Progressive politics, concern is centered on assisting illegal aliens, not protecting their victims.  Immigration reports that “The New York City Council has asked Mayor Bill de Blasio for up to $23 million in funding for programs to support illegal aliens residing in New York. Included in these costs are $12 million to pay for the legal representation for illegal aliens who are removable under federal law. Additionally, the Council’s budget proposal includes a $1 million fund for a “rapid response team” of lawyers to directly engage with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) when an officer attempts to initiate enforcement proceedings.”

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

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