According to statistics published by the Department of Justice this week, nearly 1/4 of the U.S. federal prison population is comprised of foreigners – more than half of whom have deportation awaiting them when they complete their sentences.
“Illegal aliens who commit additional crimes in the United States are a threat to public safety and a burden on our criminal justice system,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a statement. “This is why we must secure our borders through a wall and effective law enforcement, and we must strengthen cooperation between federal, state, and local governments as we strive to fulfill our sacred duty of protecting and serving the American people.”
The statistics, which were released as a result of President Trump’s executive order demanding more transparency on illegal immigration, show that there are 45,493 foreign-born prisoners in our federal penitentiaries – a number that makes up 24% of the total federal prison population. Of this number, only 3,939 are American citizens. 54% of them have final deportation orders against them.
Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies said the figures should shock any American who cares about enforcing U.S. law.
“It is a startling percentage, even when you consider some of these are people who are incarcerated for immigration violations,” Vaughan said. “These high numbers show you there is a nexus between illegal immigration and crime.”
The conservative site LifeZette dug more deeply into the DOJ numbers:
The Justice Department did not provide a breakdown of the crimes for which the immigrants are serving time. But separate data collected by the U.S. Sentencing Commission offers a snapshot. In fiscal year 2015, the most recent available, federal judges sentenced 29,166 non-citizens. Some 66 percent of prisoners were serving time for immigration violations.
Other common charges against immigrants included drug trafficking, drug possession, fraud, and firearms offenses.
Using the average cost per inmate in the federal prison system, the expense of incarcerating non-citizens is more than $1.2 billion a year.
Say…$1.2 billion. Isn’t that about what President Trump was requesting from Congress for the beginning of construction on the wall? Funny how these little coincidences come about. You’d almost think the universe was trying to tell us something…