As the months go on, the war against illegal immigration continues to rage. With the Trump administration in full force this means that his immigration policy is in full force as well. The ICE raids that are resulting in the detainment of criminal illegal aliens are going extremely well. Now new statistics from research are showing that half of arrests in the United States are for immigration related offenses.
The Pew Research Center conducted an analysis of data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. It showed that close to fifty percent, 81, 881, of the 165,265 arrests made by law enforcement agents for the federal government were made on immigration violations. This was for the year of 2014.
Some of those immigration related crimes include illegal border crossing, staying in the United States past visa expiration, and smuggling. This is in stark contrast to just a decade before when only twenty-eight percent of all federal arrests by law enforcement agents were related to immigration offenses.
To prove this fact, the Department of Homeland Security became the top arrester for the federal government in 2007, which made them surpass the Department of Justice. A few years ago in 2014, the Department of Homeland Security accounted for exactly fifty-nine percent of their arrests being related to immigration offenses.
From 2004, this was an increase in twenty-two percent. This is the closest estimation they can get because 2002, is the first year following the establishment of the department that this information was made available by the agency.
It is not surprising to find that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agency, the largest federal law enforcement agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, made the most arrests out of all the departments. In total, they made 64,954 arrests. This number is larger than the total number of arrests made by every agency within the Department of Justice.
Most of these arrests have been made along the United States and Mexican border. Because of this increase in immigration related offenses the U.S. Border Patrol has had to drastically increase their staff since the late 2000’s. Between the years of 2004 and 2010 the number of border patrol agents went from 10,819 to 20,558.
President Trump has made it clear that combatting these terrible statistics will be a key policy of his administration. He already signed an executive order that temporarily bans immigration from terrorist hot bed countries in the Middle East, and has included border wall appropriations requests in his budget that was sent to Congress. The media has also been consistently reporting on raids where hundreds and hundreds of violent illegal aliens have been arrested and detained.
It would seem that cracking down on illegal immigration would in fact cut down on our wasteful spending on border security jobs that are unnecessary. Not only is it the patriotic thing to do, but it is the fiscally responsible thing to do.
These statistics are abhorrent. They prove exactly what was wrong with the Obama administration’s illegal immigration policies. Their catch and release policies incentivized people to illegally emigrate here. Which in turn forced us to hire more federal workers to combat the issue.