By John McClaughry
Thomas Gallatin of Patriot Post tells us that “a recently released Justice Department report reveals that an astonishing one in five individuals incarcerated in federal prisons is an illegal alien, which amounts to a $1.5 million bill every day to the American taxpayer.”
The report notes illegal alien crime statistics from the state of Texas alone between 2001 and 2018: More than 663,000 offenses were committed, including 1,351 homicides, 7,156 sexual assaults, 79,049 assaults and 44,882 thefts, to name but a few. Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan also said this week that “nine out of 10 illegal immigrants arrested have criminal records.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions responded to the report, stating, “The illegal immigrant crime rate in this country should be zero. Every crime committed by an illegal alien is, by definition, a crime that should have been prevented. Today’s report is yet another reminder that we must continue this [zero tolerance] policy and help fulfill President Trump’s goals of restoring lawfulness to our immigration system and ensure that immigration serves the good of this country.”
“But despite Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration,” Gallatin continues, “the number of illegal alien border crossings has steadily climbed. And one of the primary culprits for this increase can be attributed to Democrats and their huge push for lawless ‘sanctuary cities‘ that act as giant magnets attracting greater numbers of illegal aliens.”
Lest anyone forget, that list includes Burlington, Vermont.
John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute. Reprinted with permission from the Ethan Allen Institute Blog.