Illegal Immigrant Crime

French: Why Illegal-Immigrant Crime Can Be Particularly Painful

Let’s begin by stipulating two things. First, so long as there is an immigration debate, there will be racists and political opportunists who latch on to isolated events to make broad, sweeping judgments to score political points and to increase ethnic tensions in the United States. Second, any given family’s response to tragedy will be as varied and diverse as American families are varied and diverse. There is no playbook for grieving. At the same time, however, there are reasons why illegal-immigrant crime can carry a poignant punch among people of good will. The murder of Mollie Tibbetts or Kate Steinle can be particularly hard to take because of a simple, anguished declaration. The murderer wasn’t supposed to be here. I’m reminded of the pain that people feel when, for example, they find out (in different crimes) that the police didn’t follow up on a lead or a prisoner was wrongly released on parole. The feeling is palpable. This person wasn’t supposed to be on the streets. In the immigration context, that pain is magnified because Americans know that for years immigration enforcement has been lax. Sanctuary-city policies seem designed to draw unlawful immigrants. Even the very idea of stricter border enforcement is deemed racist by some. While no border can be perfectly guarded, we can do better. We simply choose not to. Do you want more immigration? Let’s have that debate. Let’s decide the number of people we want in the country, and let’s make sure — as much as we can — that this number does not include people with known criminal histories. Americans know that no population is perfect. We know that a certain number of legal immigrants will commit crimes, just as a certain number of native-born Americans will commit crimes. But there is a difference between doing due diligence and no diligence at all. In fact, while it’s difficult to get precise data on the extent or rate of illegal-immigrant crime in this country, information from even the most illegal-immigrant-friendly sources shows that legal immigrants commit homicide at lower rates than illegal immigrants. Screening makes a difference. To an extent, Americans have “priced in” the existence of crime in this country. We know some neighborhoods are more violent than others. We know some behaviors are more risky than others. But we also know that there’s no way to live an entirely risk-free life. Crime will happen. But there are things that blow our risk calculus. There are things that can focus anger not just at the criminal who committed the crime but at larger failures that needlessly amplified the danger. Americans are completely justified in their anger when, say, the background-check system fails and a known criminal or mentally unfit person purchases a gun. That amplifies the pain and injustice of the shooting. Americans are justified in their anger when officials ignore warning signs or when people in authority turn away from domestic violence and a troubled person kills. The official failure magnifies the personal injustice. So they are also justified in their anger when officials make the choice not to effectively enforce existing law. They are justified in their anger when officials make the affirmative decision to do all they can to frustrate or defy existing law. They are further justified in their anger when the very plea to just enforce the laws passed by Congress and signed by the president is deemed to be nothing more than the hateful, desperate cry of a fading white majority. Again, none of this means that any given family will agree with this sentiment. There are indications that members of Mollie Tibbetts’s family don’t want her name in the national political conversation. We’ve seen grieving families take opposite sides of virtually every contentious issue surrounding crime and punishment. But it’s a profound mistake to listen to the grieving voices that reinforce your worldview and ignore the others — or to believe that the elevation of opposing voices is necessarily driven by bad faith. Porous borders have consequences, and one of those consequences is that a certain number of criminals will enter this country and do terrible things to its citizens. It is not racist or oppressive simply to ask that our government faithfully execute the laws of the land. Otherwise, there is no good answer to the next anguished family that asks a simple, heart wrenching question about the man who killed their child. Why was he here?

Yeah..  Attorney, and Army Reserve officer (Major), David French is responsible for that sobering op/ed.  David was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Iraq.  Thanks David..

Elusive crime wave data shows frightening toll of illegal alien criminals

The federal government can tell you how many “Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders” stole a car, the precise number of “American Indian or Alaska Natives” who were arrested for vagrancy or how many whites were busted for counterfeiting in any given year. But the government agencies that crunch crime numbers are utterly unable — or unwilling — to pinpoint for the public how many illegal immigrants are arrested within U.S. borders each year. In the absence of comprehensive data, FoxNews.com examined a patchwork of local, state and federal statistics that revealed a wildly disproportionate number of murderers, rapists and drug dealers are crossing into the U.S. amid the wave of hard-working families seeking a better life. The explosive figures show illegal immigrants are three times as likely to be convicted of murder as members of the general population and account for far more crimes than their 3.5-percent share of the U.S. population would suggest. Critics say it is no accident that local, state and federal governments go to great lengths to keep the data under wraps. “There are a lot of reasons states don’t make this information readily available, and there is no clearinghouse of data at high levels,” said former Department of Justice attorney J. Christian Adams, who has conducted exhaustive research on the subject. “These numbers would expose how serious the problem is and make the government look bad.” Adams called illegal immigrant crime a “wave of staggering proportions.” He and other experts noted that the issue has been dragged into the spotlight by a spate of cases in which illegal immigrants with criminal records killed people after being released from custody because of incoherent procedures and a lack of cooperation between local and federal law enforcement officials. The murders, including the July 1 killing of Kathryn Steinle, allegedly by an illegal immigrant in San Francisco, have left grieving loved ones angry and confused, local and federal officials pointing fingers at one another and the voting public demanding secure borders and swift deportation of non-citizen criminals. “Every one [of the recent cases] was preventable through better border security and enforcing immigration laws,” said Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies. “They should have been sent back to their home country instead of being allowed to stay here and have the opportunity to kill Americans.” A spokesperson for U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement told FoxNews.com that comprehensive statistics on illegal immigrant crime are not available from the federal government, and suggested contacting county, state and federal jail and prison systems individually to compose a tally, a process that would encompass thousands of local departments. FoxNews.com did review reports from immigration reform groups and various government agencies, including the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Sentencing Commission, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Government Accountability Office, the Bureau of Justice Statistics and several state and county correctional departments. Statistics show the estimated 11.7 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. account for 13.6 percent of all offenders sentenced for crimes committed in the U.S. Twelve percent of murder sentences, 20 percent of kidnapping sentences and 16 percent of drug trafficking sentences are meted out to illegal immigrants. There are approximately 2.1 million legal or illegal immigrants with criminal convictions living free or behind bars in the U.S., according to ICE’s Secure Communities office. Each year, about 900,000 legal and illegal immigrants are arrested, and 700,000 are released from jail, prison, or probation. ICE estimates that there are more than 1.2 million criminal aliens at large in the U.S. In the most recent figures available, a Government Accountability Office report titled, “Criminal Alien Statistics,” found there were 55,000 illegal immigrants in federal prison and 296,000 in state and local lockups in 2011. Experts agree those figures have almost certainly risen, although executive orders from the Obama administration may have changed the status of thousands who previously would have been counted as illegal immigrants. Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrant criminals are being deported. In 2014, ICE removed 315,943 criminal illegal immigrants nationwide, 85 percent of whom had previously been convicted of a criminal offense. But that same year, ICE released onto U.S. streets another 30,558 criminal illegal immigrants with a combined 79,059 criminal convictions including 86 homicides, 186 kidnappings, and thousands of sexual assaults, domestic violence assaults and DUIs, Vaughan said. As of August, ICE had already released at least 10,246 criminal aliens. David Inserra, a policy analyst for Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at The Heritage Foundation, said letting illegal immigrants convicted of crimes go free while they await deportation hearings is putting the public at risk. “While it is not certain how many of these individuals were here illegally, most of these individuals were in deportation proceedings and should have been detained or at least more closely supervised and monitored until their deportation order was finalized and executed,” Inserra said. Adams opened a rare window into the dearth of public data when he obtained an internal report compiled by the Texas Department of Public Safety and revealed its contents on his Pajamas Media blog. The report showed that between 2008 and 2014, noncitizens in Texas — a group that includes illegal and legal immigrants — committed 611,234 crimes, including nearly 3,000 homicides. Adams told FoxNews.com that other states have also closely tracked illegal immigrant crime, especially in the wake of 9/11, but said the statistical sorting “is done behind closed doors.” States closely guard the statistics out of either fear of reprisals from the federal government or out of their leaders’ own insistence on downplaying the burden of illegal immigrant crime, he said. “There are a lot of reasons states don’t make this information readily available and there is no clearinghouse of data at high levels,” Adams said. “These numbers would expose how serious the problem is and make the government look bad.” A smattering of statistics can be teased out of data made public in other states heavily impacted by illegal immigration, although a full picture or apples-to-apples comparison remains elusive.

To read the rest of this shocking article, click on the text above. Some outstanding gum-shoe journalism by Fox News here! Please consider this your “Read of the Day” and pass it on to everyone you know! As we’ve been saying from day one here at The Daily Buzz… It is absolutely critical that we BUILD THE WALL NOW!!!…and put U.S. Army National Guard troops physically ON the border with Mexico! Those troops should remain there ON the border (not back 40 miles or so, as has been the policy in past) so that would-be border hoppers are not able to step one foot on U.S. soil. Once someone is able to set foot on U.S. soil, they get all sorts of legal protections, and deportation hearings, and on and on. It’s FAR easier, and more cost effetive, to just put the troops ON the border to prevent border hopping. And, the Army Guard troops need to remain ON the border until that wall/fence is finally built above, and below, ground (to prevent tunneling)…however long that takes. We’ve been asked a LOT why we say “Army National Guard” troops specifically? Well, it’s because only National Guard troops can legally be put into such a law enforcement role because of the restrictions of the Posse Comitatus Act. But, hey.. The federal government can pay for the troops’ active duty orders, and they should. Simultaneously, we need to be deporting illegal aliens by the hundreds of thousands (yes, you read that correctly..HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS!), paying particular attention to known gang members and already convicted “criminal aliens.” And, we need to be securing biometric data (i.e. fingerprints, etc.) from those we deport to track if they should come back across..again. These actions need to be taken immediately in the name of national security. To do anything less is irresponsible and stupid. We have 11-20 MILLION illegal aliens in our country. If they came from China, N. Korea, or Russia, it’d be an invasioon, and we’d consider it an act of war. It’s time we handled this crisis accordingly. It is no different. As for immigration process… It is beyond broken, and needs to be fixed. To that end, we should halt ALL immigration, both legal and illegal, until we get back control of our borders. THEN, once our borders are secure, and we’ve made at least SOME dent in deporting those who are here illegally, we should rewrite our immigration laws so that they are in keeping with today’s immigration paradigm, they benefit America and her national security interests, and her economic needs. We can no longer afford to be the world’s refugee center, and a place where all sorts of unskilled immigrants come to get freebies which you and I pay for. We’re $18.5 TRILLION in debt, and growing. It’s time for the free handouts to end, and to send these illegals back to wherever they came from.

Three illegal aliens charged with murder of Va. student

Three illegal immigrants were arraigned Tuesday on charges related to the killing of a 17-year-old high school student in Loudoun County. A 17-year-old, whose name has not been released because he is a juvenile, is charged with second-degree murder in the case. Two men, 20-year-old Henry Ernesto Dominguez-Vasquez and 18-year-old Juan Moises Aguirre Zelaya, are both charged with firearm possession by an unlawful alien and accessory after the fact to homicide. Authorities have released few details about the shooting, that took the life of Danny Centeno Miranda, a student at Park View High School. Mr. Centeno Miranda, who had reportedly left El Salvador in 2013 to escape violence there to live with relatives in Sterling, Virginia, was shot and killed Friday morning while walking to a bus stop. A spokesman with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that all three of the suspects in the case are undocumented immigrants. Spokesman Kraig Troxell was unable to confirm the immigration status of the victim. Burke Walker, an attorney appointed to represent Mr. Dominguez-Vasquez, said Tuesday that he had few details about the case as he had yet to meet with his client or to obtain case documents from the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. All three of the defendants in the case remain held in custody, according to Mr. Troxell. The two adult defendants have preliminary hearings set for November 5, according to online court records. The Loudoun Commonwealth Attorney’s Office declined Tuesday to provide details on the juvenile’s case status. Over the weekend, Commonwealth Attorney James Plowman said he intends to try the 17-year-old as an adult. Officials have not commented on the motive in the shooting, indicating that the homicide remains under investigation and that additional arrests are possible.

Over the holiday weekend, a friend of mine who follows The Daily Buzz said to me, “we can’t be deporting illegals by the hundreds of thousands!” Naturally, I had a dumbfounded look on my face, and said, “why the heck not?!?”…to which he had, of course, no response. THIS is glaring example of why we need to be rounding up illegal aliens by, yes, the hundreds of thousands and deporting them…after securing biometric data (i.e. fingerprints, etc.) to track if they find their way back into the U.S. illegally again. It is also (and yes, you guessed it) a glaring example of why it is absolutely critical that we BUILD THE WALL NOW!!!!….and put U.S. Army National Guard troops physically ON the border with Mexico; NOT back about 40 miles where many checkpoints are now. And, those U.S. Army National Guard troops need to be there ON the border until that wall/fence is finally built above and below ground (to prevent tunneling)….however long that takes! Would-be illegals need to be physically prevented from setting ONE foot on U.S. soil, in order to prevent them from suddenly being the recipients of all sorts of legal protections…and the ability to basically disappear into our cities.