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ICE issued detainers on criminal aliens just this past year who were collectively charged with 2,500 murders! To put that in perspective, according to the FBI, law enforcement agencies only arrested 9,049 individuals in total for homicide in 2018. So 2,500 is roughly 28 percent of the known homicide offenders! It is the equivalent to the body count from 43 Las Vegas shootings, all committed by foreign nationals. Isn’t it time we provide more funding for ICE so we don’t continue to harbor other countries’ murderers?
The biggest headline from ICE’s comprehensive enforcement and removal operations report released yesterday was that the border surge diverted ICE operations to the point that interior arrests were down 10 percent. But there is a bigger headline embedded in the report that should disturb us all. It reveals a catastrophically huge problem of foreign criminals remaining indefinitely in the country to commit more crimes, many of whom are unknown or unsupervised. Where are Republicans fighting the issue of harboring other countries’ criminals? Where is the budget fight?
ICE’s annual enforcement report reveals that at the end of fiscal year 2019, there were 3,274,244 foreign nationals in the national docket of immigration proceedings who are officially under the supervision of ICE, but are not detained. That is an increase of 800,000 illegal aliens in just two years, and most of them committed other crimes while here.
For all the talk about ICE locking up people and record numbers in detention, only 50,000 are being detained. That means that 98.4 percent of illegal aliens who have been caught by ICE in recent years and have not yet been removed – again, mainly criminal aliens – and remain at large in the country. The same 5,000 ICE deportation officers – one-fourth the size of the NYPD – who are responsible for roughly 150,000 new arrests and 85,000 new removals a year must monitor these people as well, which include roughly 2.5 million with final or pending final removal orders.
To put that in plain English, it means that because our system has moved away from expedited removal to lawfare in the immigration courts, 3.2 million illegal aliens, over 80 percent of whom have likely committed additional crimes, remain at large in this country indefinitely with almost no supervision. That is a public security crisis of epic proportions that cuts to the core of why we have a federal government, yet Congress refuses to allocate the resources even for ICE to properly monitor, apprehend, and remove just the illegal aliens with criminal records. Over 80 percent of those arrested by ICE in recent years have criminal convictions or pending criminal charges, which means that the overwhelming majority of the 3.2 million (not to mention all the criminal aliens ICE never caught) remain a danger to the public.
In 2017, the DHS inspector general found that in some field offices there is only one agent per 10,000 released aliens. Worse, the report found that that “a heavy workload limited oversight of non-detained aliens in that geographic area that ICE had flagged as risks to national security.” Now, there are one million more on the docket.
Now take a look at the list of hundreds of thousands of charges and convictions against the illegal aliens ICE arrested this year.
A few observations are in order:
- This is just a tiny snapshot of the universe of criminality among illegal aliens and only includes the criminal offenses with more than 1,000 offenders. The fact that most of the crime numbers on the list are actually down roughly 10 percent from last year’s report, commensurate with the drop in total ICE apprehensions, demonstrates that ICE, even in a better year, is likely leaving a lot on the table. They caught fewer criminals this year because fewer agents were engaged in interior enforcement relative to FY 2018. Imagine how many they’d catch if they had 10,000 deportation officers rather than 5,000.
- Then there are sanctuary cities and states. Most illegal aliens live in sanctuary jurisdiction where law enforcement doesn’t cooperate with ICE. Thus, there are many more crimes committed by illegal aliens that go unresolved by ICE. Just take a look at the California numbers. While California has, by far, the most illegal aliens in the country, ICE only apprehended a fraction of the number they caught in a state like Texas. For example, the Los Angeles field office only averaged about 30-40 arrests per month of those aliens with criminal charges, as compared to 300 per month for Dallas. According to Pew, L.A. metro has 2.5 times as many illegal aliens as the Dallas metro, which tells you there are likely thousands of illegal alien criminals being missed in L.A. Even the New Orleans field office averaged more total arrests than L.A., and the Salt Lake City office had more total arrests than the San Francisco office. Thus, the true number of crimes committed by illegal aliens in a given year is exponentially greater than what’s on this table.
- With regard to the more serious criminals, especially murderers and repeat violent offenders, they are often serving life sentences or very long sentences and die before ICE ever apprehends them. None of those illegal aliens who fit into that category, which by definition are the worst offenders, are even accounted for in this table of cumulative crimes committed by those arrested by ICE in FY 2019.
- ICE has removed roughly three million illegal aliens over the past decade. By and large, the worse of a criminal one is, the more likely he is to get deported. Inevitably, an unknown number of those removed come back into to the country. But many have also been kept out. Thus, a large percentage of the worst repeat offender aliens have been deported, yet we still see this much crime from illegal aliens. Imagine if ICE hadn’t existed at all the past decade. On the flip side, imagine how much less crime we’d have if ICE immediately removed every criminal alien after the first crime committed.
Overall, the 1,923 murder figure is what stands out. But it’s worse than that. That was the total homicide tally among those arrested by ICE this past year, which usually means people who committed murder years ago and have just finished serving their sentence in prison. ICE reported that just this year it issued detainers on individuals charged with a total of 2,500 murders. While some of them might have been legal immigrants who have been convicted of a murder a while ago and served time, the bulk of them will be front-end detainers on illegal aliens who have just recently been charged with murder. That such a large percentage of murder in this country is 100 percent avoidable is truly a national emergency.
Aside from homicides, among those who were subject to detainers in FY 2019, the illegal aliens together had a cumulative history of 56,000 assaults, 14,500 sex crimes, 5,000 robberies, and 2,500 kidnappings. Again, that’s just one year’s worth of detainers.
Unless ICE’s funding is increased and expedited removals become the norm, even if we completely shut off new illegal immigration, it would take years to dig out from the mess of bringing in millions of criminals who belong to other countries. We have truly become the global dumping ground.
Author: Daniel Horowitz
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.