DesertExile: The Shell Game

23 June 2006

The Shell Game

Illegal Aliens Linked to Rise in Crime Statistics
Jim Kouri

The former Immigration and Naturalization Service estimated that as of January 2000 the total unauthorized immigrant population residing in the United States was 7 million. This total includes those who entered the United States illegally and those who entered legally but overstayed their authorized period of stay.
A more recent study estimated that there were about 10 million illegal aliens living in the United States as of March 2005. The study estimated that nearly 700,000 aliens entered the United States illegally or overstayed their authorized period of stay each year between 2000 and 2004. Some experts believe this is a overly conservative figure and that illegal immigrants number close to 20 million.

At the same time, after a steady annual reduction in crime, the annual FBI Uniform Crime Report reveals a slow but sure yearly increase in crime, especially violent crime. Some criminologists attribute the rise in crime to illegal aliens who come into the United States with a criminal background.

Many illegal aliens in the United States have been arrested and incarcerated in federal and state prisons and local jails, adding to already overcrowded prisons and jails. The US Justice Department issued a report on criminal aliens who are incarcerated in federal and state prisons and local jails.

The report contained information on the number of criminal aliens incarcerated, their country of citizenship or country of birth, and the cost to incarcerate them. Congress also requested that the Government Accounting Office provide information on the criminal history of aliens incarcerated in federal and state prisons or local jails who had entered the country illegally.

In the population study of a sample of 55,322 illegal aliens, researchers found that they were arrested at least a total of 459,614 times, averaging about 8 arrests per illegal alien. Nearly all had more than 1 arrest. Thirty-eight percent (about 21,000) had between 2 and 5 arrests, 32 percent (about 18,000) had between 6 and 10 arrests, and 26 percent (about 15,000) had 11 or more arrests. Most of the arrests occurred after 1990.

They were arrested for a total of about 700,000 criminal offenses, averaging about 13 offenses per illegal alien. One arrest incident may include multiple offenses, a fact that explains why there are nearly one and half times more offenses than arrests. Almost all of these illegal aliens were arrested for more than 1 offense. Slightly more than half of the 55,322 illegal aliens had between 2 and 10 offenses.

About 45 percent of all offenses were drug or immigration offenses. About 15 percent were property-related offenses such as burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and property damage. About 12 percent were for violent offenses such as murder, robbery, assault, and sex-related crimes.

Dan_Gerous's Comment

In a previous post, I explained how Law Enforcement likes to project an image of Adequacy, when in fact there are not nearly enogh offcers to do the job.

My experience was that your "Leaders" (Sergeants, Lieutenants and Captains)were judged and promoted on their STATISTICS.
When I was studying for my degree in Criminal Justice Administration, a required course was STATISTICS. The instructor was an odd type, but very likeable. He began the class with this statement: "Figures don't lie--but liars can figure".

In our Department, there was an implied pressure to not take accident reports. WHY?
An accident report is a STATISTIC. If you don't take a report, there is NO STATISTIC.

Bad statistics were crashes, Officer on-duty injuries, Injuries that resulted in lost time, Citizen Complaints, greivances (bad treatment from office staff), and an excessive number of hours of sick leave taken by officers,
Good Statistics were numbers of citations up from last year, arrests up, Fatal crashes down.

"Leaders" found ways to "skew" the numbers. EXAMPLE: Officer was hurt in a patrol car crash-not his fault. Officer agrees to take the recovery time as vacation.

In the report by Jim Kouri, I can assure you that the problem is MUCH WORSE than the STATISTICS he wrote about. I know that the majority of the time, Border Patrol would not come to take Illegals from me. They had not enough people to go to jails to pick up offenders who had just got out.
The crimes he speaks of are recorded by STATE, COUNTY, and CITY enforcement Departments, Each one of them is trying to show "GOOD STATISTICS.

Be Afraid, very Afraid!


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