Data on convictions for federal offenses are available at the U.S. Sentencing Commission’sweb site. Senate committee staff have analyzed those data, and found that “38 percent of federal convictions in FY 2013 were of illegal immigrants, and nearly 43 percent were legal or illegal immigrants.” That is more than ten times the number that would be expected if illegal immigrants were, on the average, as law-abiding as the rest of us. This is a more detailed breakdown:
Illegal immigrant convictions in FY13 represented:
* 18 percent of drug trafficking convictions
* 25 percent of kidnapping/hostage taking convictions
* 56 percent of drug possession convictions
* 15 percent of money laundering convictions
* 20 percent of national security convictions
* 7 percent of murder convictions
So illegals are overrepresented with regard to these crimes by anywhere from two to 17 times.
Immigration will be the biggest issue in the 2016 presidential race. Donald Trump won’t be the Republican candidate, but at least he understands why Americans are so angry at their government. And the Left’s effort to shut Trump up, aided by big business, should be a teachable moment.
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