Beto O'Rourke: Americans Have Nothing to Fear from Illegal Immigrants

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Beto O'Rourke: Americans Have Nothing to Fear from Illegal Immigrants

According to O'Rourke, "Immigrants pose no threat to you or me." Oh Really?

 

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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke delivered a charming message on border security during a town hall event in Phoenix Sunday:  Americans have nothing to fear from illegal immigrants whatsoever! 

Whew, what a load off my worried mind!

Oh, wait! Point of order, sir! 

I did a little digging around and came across a few 'fun facts' from the Heritage Foundation:

  • Non-citizens account for 24 percent of all federal drug arrests, 25 percent of all federal property arrests, and 28 percent of all federal fraud arrests. Put another way, non-citizens constitute only about 7 percent of the U.S. population. Yet the latest data from the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics reveals that non-citizens accounted for nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of all federal arrests in 2018. In other words, more Mexicans than U.S. citizens were arrested on charges of committing federal crimes in 2018.
  • In 2018, a quarter of all federal drug arrests took place in the five judicial districts along the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • Migrants from Central American countries are also accounting for a larger share of federal arrests, going from a negligible 1 percent of such arrests in 1998 to 20 percent today.
  • A recent report from the Texas Department of Public Safety revealed that 297,000 non-citizens had been “booked into local Texas jails between June 1, 2011 and July 31, 2019.” So these are non-citizens who allegedly committed local crimes, not immigration violations.
  • That report also noted that a little more than two-thirds (202,000) of those booked in Texas jails were later confirmed as illegal immigrants by the federal government.

Oh! Another point of order, sir!

You know that old liberal line "undocumented immigrants commit crimes at a rate far lower than legal U.S. citizens"? That's actually horse dung. That often vomited 'fact' is based on a study that looks at total crime in the U.S. and THEN assigns the total number of crimes into two columns: U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens. 

The problem, of course, is that illegal immigrants still represent a minority of the overall U.S. population.

Further, states with a higher number of illegal immigrants have to be viewed separately from states with relatively small populations of non-U.S. citizens. Take a look at Arizona, for example. According to a 2018 report from the Crime Prevention Research Center:

  •  Illegal immigrants between 15 and 35 are less than 3 percent of the state’s population, but nearly 8 percent of its prison population.
  • Among nearly 4,000 first- and second-degree murder convictions, undocumented immigrants accounted for nearly 13 percent — significantly higher than their percentage of the population. Legal immigrants, by contrast, were less than 1 percent of convicts. Native-born made up the rest.
  • Undocumented immigrants also accounted for five times the rate of convictions for money laundering and kidnapping, and were three times more likely to be convicted of drive-by shootings.

Yes, former Congressman Beto O'Rourke, tens of thousands of crimes have been committed in this country that would never have happened if our immigration laws were enforced!

But according to Beto O'Rourke, “If immigration is a problem, it is the best possible problem this country could have," and "immigrants pose no threat to you or me." 

Yeah, good call, Beto!

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