Sunday, July 25, 2010

Do Illegal Immigrants cause increased crime?

With the new Arizona law suggesting that illegal immigrants are a criminal threat, there are interesting arguments on both sides of the fence (pun intended).

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Back in the 1980’s, I moved away from Albuquerque New Mexico after my home was repeated robbed.

The last straw was when I was robbed by an entire family illegal Mexicans, (including two minor children who assisted in the burglary).

The police caught them all after they openly kicked-down my front door while I was at work, and there was a police chase through the neighborhood with guns drawn.

I expected Albuquerque child protective services to take the kids and I looked forward to attending their trial, but the police told me that their punishment for robbing me was merely a bus ticket to visit their extended family in Mexico, and they were probably back in America within a month.

It makes one wonder if people who don’t respect immigration laws might not be law abiding in other areas of their lives . . . .

According to US government records, the answer is a resounding “yes”.

Let's examine the evidence in this debate about the millions of illegal Mexicans pouring into America.

Statistics on crime by illegal aliens

Some say that illegal Mexicans are normally law-abiding people whose only crime is disrespect for our immigration law, while others say that the illegal immigrants are common criminals, people with poor social mores, who are far more likely to commit other crimes while hiding out in America.

Fortunately, we can look at reliable evidence to see if these concerns are founded.

With the illegal population soaring to over 10 million, one out of every 30 people in America is here illegally, making this an important social issue.

Are illegal Mexican’s a threat?

Let’s take a look at the government statistics on crimes by illegal immigrants.

Government evidence confirms that illegal Latino’s are twice as likely as the general population to commit a felony and three times as likely to be imprisoned for drug-related offenses.

Some say that Mexicans bring their culture of crime and corruption to American shores

Does America really want to accept immigrants who have no respect for our laws?

There is also evidence that they are straining local hospital and school systems, as in the case here in North Carolina where caring Louisburg residents had a fund raiser to help save the life of a sick illegal Mexican girl.

Sadly, she died, and her illegal Mexican parents repaid our kindness and generosity by suing the hospital, taking millions of dollars.

Last week there were more reports of Mexican drug lords beheading people in Juarez.

WARNING: The picture below is graphic, please scroll down if you are squeamish

Beheaded Mexicans in Mexico

This CBS News report says that the concerns about increased crime by illegal aliens are well-founded:

“Officers say thousands of immigrants and smugglers still cross the border illegally into Arizona every day.

They commit a disproportionate amount of crime.

Illegal immigrants are just seven percent of Arizona's population, but make up nearly 15 percent of the state's prison population.

They represent 14 percent of all inmates jailed for manslaughter and murder, and 24 percent of inmates on drug charges - troubling to many Arizonans”