Tracking crime by immigrants

Letter date: 
Friday, December 16, 2016
Letter publisher: 
ALBANY Democrat-Herald
Letter author: 
David Olen Cross
Letter body: 

One of the detrimental impacts of having a significant foreign national population residing in the United States, be they present legally or illegally, is crime.

The scope and impact of foreign national crime on U.S. citizens and residents is going almost unreported in mainstream news sources.

For example, information on foreign national crime is readily available to any news source by simply doing a search on the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons inmates statistics website under the heading of inmate citizenship.

Searching the website reveals the number and percentage of criminal aliens in federal prisons on Oct. 29, 2016: México 27,815 inmates, 14.6 percent; Columbia 1,702 inmates, 0.9 percent; Dominican Republic 1,685 inmates, 0.9 percent; Cuba 1,228 inmates, 0.6 percent; aliens from other or unknown countries 9,516 inmates, 5.0 percent.

Totaling up the numbers, the 41,946 criminal alien inmates were 21.9 percent of the federal prison population.

The 27,815 Mexican nationals were a staggering 66.3 percent of the criminal aliens in federal prisons.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons breaks down its inmate population into 13 types of offenses. Immigration crimes were one of the top five offenses. The 15,580 inmates incarcerated for immigration crimes were 8.7 percent of the federal prison population.

The press needs to exercise due diligence in reporting on foreign national crime so that governmental officials responsible for law enforcement will be held accountable in enforcing laws written to protect U.S. citizens and residents from criminal aliens who have continue to invade our country.