President Trump has kept his campaign promise of putting a stop to illegal immigrants pouring across our unsecured borders.
And while the mainstream media has blasted Trump’s stance and defended those living illegally in the U.S., they have neglected to inform Americans of some shocking statistics.
Not only has crime committed by illegals drastically increased and become more violent in recent years, a new report has emerged declaring arrests made by the Department of Homeland Security related to illegal immigrants has skyrocketed.
And one agency in particular, Customs and Border Protection, has made more arrests since 2014 than all Department of Justice agencies combined.
The Pew Research Center released the report this week, and Newsmax discussed the recent trend:
Half (50%) of the 165,265 total arrests made by the federal government in fiscal 2014 – the most recent year for which statistics are available – were for immigration-related offenses, such as crossing the border illegally or smuggling others into the United States. A decade earlier, immigration-related offenses accounted for 28% of all federal arrests.
[The statistics] highlight a growing focus on immigration offenses on the part of federal law enforcement agencies. One striking reflection of that shift is the emergence of DHS as the federal government’s leading arrester, surpassing DOJ.
In fact, just one agency within DHS – Customs and Border Protection – made more arrests in 2014 (64,954) than all of the agencies within DOJ combined (58,265). DOJ agencies include the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Marshals Service.
These statistics are also only inclusive of violations regarding the actual act of illegally entering the U.S. — crossing the border or smuggling others across the border — and not the countless other offenses committed by illegals once they enter the U.S., like drug crimes, rape, and even murder.
And these numbers do not include instances of immigrant apprehension or deportations.
Thousands more are only detained and released by Border Security, and therefore not included in the increased arrest numbers.
According to the Pew Research Center report:
In addition, arrest figures for immigration offenses are not the same as migrant apprehensions or deportations. Apprehensions refer to cases in which foreign nationals are caught in the U.S. without authorization and can include civil as well as criminal violations. Arrests refer to cases in which individuals are booked for criminal violations of federal immigration laws, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. (The number of apprehensions each year is far higher than the number of federal arrests for immigration offenses.)
As we have seen with sanctuary cities and counties, certain areas of the country have a greater concentration of reported arrests related to illegal immigration.
In 2014 when the study was conducted, 61 percent of all federal arrests were concentrated in just five federal districts along the southern border of the U.S. — in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas — an increase of over 20 percent from a decade earlier.
And while media reports focus on small percentages, those numbers amount to tens of thousands of illegal immigrant arrests for crossing the border.
And those are just ones who are caught in the process.
It is no wonder crimes committed by illegal immigrants have escalated so quickly in recent years — with scores of those entering the country having been previously deported or having made it into the country to live within American communities with no background or identity checks of any kind.
With President Trump’s plan to complete the border wall and crack down on illegal immigration and those already living in the U.S. illegally, perhaps these shocking numbers will begin to decrease.