During an obviously politically motivated hearing on July 21 by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary titled “Oversight of the Administration’s Misdirected Immigration Enforcement Policies: Examining the Impact on Public Safety and Honoring the Victims,” Jim Steinle, whose daughter was recently killed by an undocumented immigrant in San Francisco, testified.
Steinle, who is no doubt devastated by loss of his beloved daughter Kate, said he found a statistic that reported between 2010 and 2014, 121 criminals immigrants who had an active deportation case at the time of release were subsequently charged with homicide-related offenses.
That’s 121 in four years!
In comparison, USA Today recently reported that on average there were 96 cases of a white police officer killing a Black person each year between 2006 and 2012, based on justifiable homicides reported to the FBI by local police.
Now bear in mind that this is only an estimate, because only approximately 750 agencies contribute to the FBI database of police killings—a fraction of the 17,000 law-enforcement agencies in the United States. But let’s do the simple arithmetic based on this number alone, and let’s do it simply for period of 2008 to 2012. Either way, the total is still a lot more—coming in at a whopping 384.
That’s 263 more lives lost to the hands of the people who swear to protect and serve than undocumented immigrants charged with a homicide.
Now here are some more facts, not political or emotional talk from the frenzied right-wingers such as Donald Trump. Between July 13 and July 17 alone, 82 convicted criminal aliens were arrested as part of the ongoing effort by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement “to prioritize the arrest and removal of convicted criminal aliens and egregious immigration law violators.”
ICE Director Sarah R. Saldana also released some more revealing statistics at that same Senate hearing. According to Saldana, in fiscal year 2014 alone, ICE conducted 315,943 deportations, 213,719 of which were individuals apprehended while, or shortly after, illegally entering the United States and 102,224 were individuals apprehended inside the United States.
Eighty-five percent of individuals removed or returned from the interior had been convicted of a criminal offense, reflecting a significant increase in the removal of individuals with criminal convictions as a percentage of overall removals, up 67 percent in fiscal year 2011 from 38 percent in fiscal year 2008.
Meanwhile, News Americas Now analysis of Department of Homeland Security data found that between fiscal years 2004 and 2014, ICE removed a whopping 1,466,668 criminal immigrants from the United States.
Specifically, ICE removed 1,040,905 Mexican criminal immigrants from the United States’ interior, research showed. The majority were deported during the Obama administration.
Mexican criminal immigrants deported under the years of Republican President George W. Bush’s administration was put at 370,015, whereas under Obama’s first term, the number had dramatically increased to 524,589, with marked increases in removals year to year during the four years, analysis showed.
Overall, during the latter four years of Bush’s administration, a total of 490,751 criminal immigrants were deported in what was only a slight increase year to year over the period 2004 to 2008, according to U.S. Department of Homeland security data.
Between 2009 and 2012, the first term of the Obama administration, the deportation rate of criminal immigrants spiked to 690,600, with significant increases year to year. In addition, ICE removed 2,802 individuals in fiscal year 2014 who were classified as suspected or confirmed gang members.
The substantial share of convicted criminals removed from the interior showed a steady and significant increase from 2008, when that figure was just 38 percent, and 2011, when it was 67 percent.
ICE’s focus on criminal removals in the interior is also reflected in the total number of criminal removals. In fiscal year 2007 and fiscal year 2008, ICE removed 102,024 and 114,415 convicted criminals, respectively, as compared with 216,810 in fiscal year 2013 and 177,960 in 2014.
Contrast this with the latest crime statistics from the National Incident-Based Reporting System from the FBI. In 2013 alone, there were 4,517,902 known criminal offenders across the United States. Of these known offenders, the majority (56.5 percent) were white; 28.1 percent were Black or African-American; and 1.6 percent were of other races.
Now ask yourself, who should you be most afraid of? Certainly not undocumented immigrants, as Trump and his cohorts would like you to believe!
The writer is CMO of Hard Beat Communications, which owns the brands News Americas Now, CaribPR Wire and Invest Caribbean Now.