New Report Shows Nearly 200,000 Criminal Aliens Arrested in Texas Since 2011

ice-arrests-dallas-03252012Less than two weeks after the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) released troubling figures about how many illegal aliens the agency caught and released, the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) announced that Texas alone has arrested more than 190,000 criminal aliens for a total of 507,000 offenses since June 1, 2011. TXDPS officials estimate that at least 66 percent of these criminal aliens have been listed “by DHS status as being in the U.S. illegally at the time of their last arrest.”

The arrests have already resulted in more than 227,000 convictions, with many potential convictions still pending in the court system. Drug-related cases constituted the largest number of offenses with 29,668 convictions; assault charges made up 22,439; obstructing police resulted in 19,668; and 16,567 stemmed from theft charges. A concerning number of convictions, 6,206, were for heinous crimes like homicide, kidnapping, sexual assault and weapons charges.

These statistics tell a troubling story: tens of thousands of Americans in Texas alone are being assaulted, raped, kidnapped and murdered as a direct result of careless immigration policies. FAIR estimates that approximately 1.8 million illegal aliens currently reside in the state of Texas. This means that nearly 10 percent of that number faced serious criminal charges in the past five years alone.

Since Texas has the longest U.S. border with Mexico and a very large population, it takes on a much larger than average share of the nation’s illegal alien population. However, due to the state legislature’s failure to pass sanctuary city restrictions in three consecutive sessions, many municipalities welcome these dangerous criminals back onto the streets.

First term governor Greg Abbott began to take measures into his own hands last October by promising to crack down on local governments that refuse to honor ICE detainer requests for criminal illegal aliens. He followed through on this promise by immediately sending a warning letter to Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez. “‘Sanctuary City’ policies like those promoted by your recent decision to implement your own case-by-case immigration detention plan will no longer be tolerated in Texas,” the Republican governor declared. He also signed a record $800 million border security budget passed during the 2015 state legislative session.

Opponents of these new measures dismiss the constant flow of troubling data, claiming instead that Gov. Abbott’s new directive and increased border security budget are intended to unfairly discriminate against immigrants. “He’s trying to be the Donald Trump of Texas,” said Democratic state Rep. Rafael Anchia, whose district falls within Sherriff Valdez’s jurisdiction.

In a UT-Texas Tribune poll taken in November, 2015, more Texans listed border security and illegal immigration as the top issue facing the nation than any other issue. These sentiments are manifesting themselves as voters reward candidates who take this issue seriously such as Governor  Abbott and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick. And, in the state’s March 1 Republican presidential primary, where voters handed more than  70 percent of the tally to Ted Cruz or Donald Trump—the two GOP candidates who made immigration enforcement centerpieces of their campaigns.

Voters in Texas have made it clear that are tired of suffering from lax immigration policies. However, as long as the Federal Government continues to ignore the devastating effects of illegal immigration, border states like Texas will continue facing the brunt of the issue and American citizens will continue to needlessly suffer.

Related resources:

Criminal Aliens Issue Paper (2015)

Illegal Aliens and Crime Incidence (2007)

avatar About Spencer Raley

Spencer joined FAIR in 2015. He conducts research, and writes content for FAIR’s publications and website. He brings previous experience in state politics, gubernatorial and district campaigns, and D.C. political non-profits. Spencer holds a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.

Comments

  1. avatar Barbara Griffith says:

    Kerry lives in a mansion that has guards at the gate I am quite sure as do most of the crooked politicians in office. They don’t give a rats behind about their own constituents let alone any of the rest of us. I don’t know how many of them will be up for reelection next year but I hope the worst of the pack gets booted out by a few honest people.
    They get in congress and spend years doing all the damage they can do to the country with the stupid voters keep putting them back in office then when they finally retire they are a hell of a lot more wealthy than when they took office inside trading is my guess along with under the table palm greasing along with secret offshore accounts.

  2. avatar SecBorders says:

    So I watched the pundits and establishment political insiders on CNN getting all offended by Trump saying that some illegal aliens are rapists. Why aren’t they offended by the citizens of foreign countries who have illegally entered our country and raped American women of various races? Sickening.

    • avatar Leland says:

      I think what Trump was trying to say with the rapist comment was the fact that Amnesty International has said that a great many of the women who are are smuggled across the border are sexually assaulted by the smuggling gangs. In fact, just within the last couple days there was a story of a woman from Honduras coming here with her 11 year old daughter, and the Mexican smugglers attempted to rape the daughter and beat the mother when she tried to stop them.

      Which brings up two points. In his own stumbling way, Trump was right about that because he did say illegals. The second point is that all these people claim to be coming here because of violence in their own countries when the facts are, as laid out by Amnesty and other groups, large numbers of the women are assaulted and many people are killed along the way through Mexico. Their trek through that country is more dangerous than staying home.

  3. The Establishment Politicians from Both Parties

    See security as a minor back seat problem to their globalization GREED, as Trump would put it.

  4. avatar Leland says:

    There’s only one way to see how people feel about illegal immigrants. That’s when they have a direct vote. Liberal Oregon, which hasn’t voted GOP in 30 years, voted against licenses for illegals by 2 to 1 in 2014. John Kerry was saying a wall would not have stopped the 9-11 hijackers. No, but simply enforcing the rules in effect at the time would have. They should not have been admitted here in the first place because they were young single men from countries like Saudi Arabia which have a large amount of radicalized persons.

    London’s new mayor was saying that Trump would probably not let him in the country. The reason he shouldn’t be let in is because he had memberships in radical groups and a week before the voting a video of him from 2009 surfaced. In it he called moderate Muslims “uncle Toms”. The only inference from that is that the true Muslims were the radicals. A wolf in sheeps clothing.

    • avatar SecBorders says:

      Japan has allowed very few Muslims to immigrate to Japan. That is why there have been no 9/11′s, Boston Marathon bombings or Paris style attacks in Japan. Muslims can’t carry out a terrorist attack in Japan if they aren’t in Japan in the first place. This isn’t rocket science.

      John Kerry says we live in a borderless world. If he really believes this he is incredibly ignorant for a man in his position. If current trends continue he will just go down in history as one of the corrupt fools who presided over the decline of the American empire.