Cross posted from Morning Coffee
Illegal Immigration is a problem in this country that overlaps several key issues. Chief among them are National Security and Public Safety. If we can not or will not secure our borders we jeopardize our national security… that however is a topic for a future post.. This one is more about the Criminal aspect of illegal immigration and public safety.
A couple Years ago the GAO did a study about about Illegal Immigrants and Crime.. the results were disturbing and shocking.. Here is a link to the study, fair warning though it is difficult to read…. A fresh pot of coffee is a must.
The GAO study involved a population of 55,322 illegal aliens. They were arrested at least a total of 459,614 times, averaging about eight arrests per illegal alien. Ninety-seven percent had more than one arrest. Thirty-eight percent had two to five arrests; 32 percent had between six and 10 arrests; and 26 percent had more than 11 arrests.
Those 55,000 Prisoners faced nearly 700,000 criminal charges… 45 percent of all offenses were drug or immigration offenses, 15 percent were property-related offenses, 12 percent were for violent offenses such as murder, robbery, assault, and sex-related crimes.
The results of this study make it plainly obvious that in the interest of public safety alone we have got to get a grip on illegal immigration. While not all of the rising crime rates can be attributed to illegal immigrants, the expansion of gangs like MS13, the 18th Street Gang, and the 204th Street Gang clearly show they are a significant factor in those rates.
An article that caught my attention was from the NY Times concerning expanding the national DNA Database. The Database would be expanded under provisions of the 2006 renewal of the Violence Against Women Act. The new forensic DNA sampling was authorized by Congress and permits DNA collecting from anyone under criminal arrest by federal authorities, and also from illegal immigrants detained by federal agents.
Over the last year, the Justice Department has been conducting an internal review and consulting with other agencies to prepare regulations to carry out the law.
The goal, justice officials said, is to make the practice of DNA sampling as routine as fingerprinting for anyone detained by federal agents, including illegal immigrants. Until now, federal authorities have taken DNA samples only from convicted felons.
The law has strong support from crime victims’ organizations and some women’s groups, who say it will help law enforcement identify sexual predators and also detect dangerous criminals among illegal immigrants.
The Times then focuses on the detractors of the policy;
Peter Neufeld, co-director of the Innocence Project, calls the policy “overreaching”, while Immigration Lawyer Deborah Notkin says;
“It’s so broad, it’s scary. It is a terrible thing to do because people are sometimes detained erroneously in the immigration system.”
Of course no criticism would be complete without someone throwing out the race card.
Lisalyn Jacobs, vice president for government relations at Legal Momentum, a law group founded by the National Organization for Women.
“The pervasive problems of profiling in the United States will only be exacerbated by such a system,” Ms. Jacobs said, because Latino and other immigrants will be greatly over-represented in the database. She noted that the law required a court order to remove a profile from the system.
There are racists on both sides of the Illegal immigration Issue, and there are those that accuse the other side of racism in order to marginalize the points that are made. More often than not the Race card is dropped when the logic, common sense, and facts support the conservative position on any particular issue.
Expanding the DNA database will go a long way in enabling Law Enforcement to solve violent crimes, and in bringing closure to cases that have gone cold. Critics of the plan do have one valid point. It will dramatically increase the workload for the FBI Laboratory. Persnoally I think it is well worth the added cost.
Other CAII Posts today:
Right Truth has more on Border Patrol agents Ramos and Compean:
The Uncooperative Blogger also has more on Ramos and Compean, Including contact information on who to raise hell with about the abhorant treatment of border patrol agents by our own judicial system.
Monica Ramos, the wife of Nacho has her blog here.
**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration(CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.