Newly released figures from the Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS) identifies criminal illegal aliens are using the international border as a revolving door, and it demonstrates the fact America’s southern border remains extremely porous.
The report cites approximately 188,380 criminal illegal immigrants, an all-time high, were deported in fiscal year 2011. Perhaps even more alarming is the fact OIS said 86,699 (46 percent) of them were previously deported.
Twenty-three percent of these criminals were guilty of drug-related crimes, followed closely by traffic offences (DUI) at 20 percent. Violent crimes were committed by 12 percent of repeat illegal border crossers and finally about seven percent of criminal aliens committed burglary, larceny or fraud.
“It cannot be ascertained from the available data how many of the 86,699 previously deported criminals committed new crimes other than their illegal return, but unless they were detained shortly after re-entering the United States, it is likely that they came to the attention of the immigration authorities as a result of new crimes (committed after their illegal re-entry) for which they were convicted or arraigned,” said the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).
The Washington DC immigration think tank studied the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report and believes the numbers may be understated.
“The 46 percent may also be understated due to reclassification of criminal deportees. Thus existing data indicate that a minimum of 46 percent of the 2011 criminal deportees were previously deported and returned to the United States,” they said.
Proving this point is the fact DHS does not categorize the 43,307 illegal deportees as criminals in the first place, even though entering America without proper paperwork is a federal felony.
“The high percentage of repeat deportees is due in part to the ease of re-entry to the United States for earlier deportees and the knowledge that if apprehended there is only a small chance that they will serve any prison time for illegal re-entry,” CIS explained.
Once inside the United States, illegal immigrants are free to operate undetected. “In nearly all cases the deportee will go undetected unless charged with another crime or if the deportee returns to his old neighborhood and is recognized by local law enforcement officials. Thus the number of deportees who make an illegal re-entry is possibly much higher than indicated,” CIS said.
The relative ease that criminal illegal aliens can reenter the United States should alarm all Americans. “These failures do not bode well for our future ability to intercept known and unknown terrorists who try to gain access to our country,” CIS concluded.
Recent surveillance footage from remote cameras in southern Arizona reveals that many different nationalities of illegals are crossing through the desert and ranchers say Border Patrol is either slow to respond, or don’t show up at all.
This caviler behavior has forced many border-region ranchers to incorporate sophisticated security measures at their own expense.
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