The mainstream media portray youthful DACA recipients as uniformly model citizens (though without citizenship papers) and assert that illegal immigrants are less prone to committing crimes than native-born Americans.
Facts say otherwise.
Even factoring out the 15,818 convicted of “unlawfully entering or remaining in country” last year – a scandalously low figure — non-citizens still make up a disproportionately high share of miscreants: 20 percent of all non-immigration offenders versus 7 percent of the total U.S. population. None of this accounts for non-citizens in state and local lockups.
Non-citizens represent an outsize number of inmates serving time for federal crimes ranging from murder and drug dealing to racketeering, extortion, money laundering, larceny and embezzlement. See a few of the most heinous offenders here.
Crime statistics for the illegal alien population as a whole belie advocacy groups’ claims that illegal immigrants are benign. If the use of fraudulent documents — and the misery that causes for those whose identities are stolen — were included in official reports, the real crime rate would be closer to 100 percent.
Despite efforts by advocates and the media to portray DACA recipients in uniformly laudatory terms, a small number of criminals have been able to slip through the cracks of the vaunted screening process.
Some 2,139 so-called Dreamers – about one-quarter of 1 percent of those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — have had their temporary protected status revoked due to criminal behavior. The majority were involved in “alien smuggling, assaultive offenses, domestic violence, drug offenses, DUI, larceny and thefts, criminal trespass and burglary, sex with minors, other sex offenses and weapons offenses,” according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Add it all up and U.S. taxpayers spent $1.2 billion to incarcerate illegal aliens in federal facilities last year.
Worse yet, Washington budgets $660 million annually — $1.8 million each day — to warehouse federal inmates already under deportation orders.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he intends to speed up deportations of illegals currently held by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The sooner the better.