For the last week, I have intended to write about Donald Trump’s observation that some illegal immigrants are rapists–or, rather, about the crazed over-reaction to Trump’s undeniably true observation. We have written many times about outrages committed by illegals who should have been deported long before they finally committed crimes so horrific as to attract nationwide notice. Darron Wint and Francisco Sanchez are two recent instances of immigrants who would have been deported under any sane immigration system, but who, left undisturbed by the powers that be, eventually committed appalling murders. Many more such instances could be cited.
Open borders enthusiasts argue that these examples are irrelevant because illegal immigrants don’t commit more murders, rapes, or other crimes, per capita, than anyone else. But that argument misses the point: worthless bums like Wint and Sanchez are not in any respect random. They demonstrated years ago that they were incorrigible criminals. They should have been deported, but weren’t. Why? Because the Democratic Party believes it is a good thing for criminals who turned out to be cold-blooded murderers, like Wint and Sanchez, to live among us for the sake of diversity.
But let’s examine the assertion that illegal immigrants are no more prone to criminality than anyone else. Is that claim true? If we assume there are 11 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S.–that is a commonly cited number, but no one really knows–those illegals represent a little over 3% of our population and should commit around 3% of all crimes.
Data on convictions for federal offenses are available at the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s web 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.
The Obama administration stopped enforcing our immigration laws, in violation of the president’s oath of office, because Obama believes it is a good thing for millions of illegals to flood across our borders. Even when illegals like Wint and Sanchez have demonstrated by their behavior that they are inveterate criminals, the Obama administration, aided and abetted by Democratic office-holders in “sanctuary” cities, will not lift a finger to deport them. As a result, the Obama administration and other Democrats who have supported the administration in its malfeasance are responsible for millions of crimes, including, as Donald Trump said, an unknown number of rapes. (Rape, like the overwhelming majority of murders, is a state law crime and is not reflected in the federal data.)
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.