Crime & Immigration

Below are a variety of sources on crime and immigration.  All items are posted for your information and consideration.  Views therein do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of the author of this blog.

General Articles:

Cadman, Dan  (3/27/14)
"Another Look at Victims and Humane Treatment under the Law"

"I am amazed at the lopsided nature of this demand for humaneness. It is apparently always and solely to be exercised on behalf of illegally present aliens who have only themselves to blame for their circumstances, choosing as they have to enter and remain in our country with no lawful authority. By contrast, little or no thought is given to U.S. citizens or lawful residents who are harmed by such aliens."

Center for Immigration Studies  (September 2013)
"Immigration Enforcement and Community Policing"

"America's sheriffs believe that assisting ICE is not a fiscal burden, even if they have to hold aliens in custody briefly for ICE to remove. On the contrary, cooperation produces significant local criminal justice cost savings as well as public safety benefits because it results in the removal of criminal aliens who otherwise would remain in the community to re-offend."

Howerton, Jason  (9/27/12)
"DEA Boss: Mexican Drug Cartels Are So Deeply Embedded in Chicago, We Have to Operate Like We‘re ’On the Border’"

"Because of Chicago’s location in the heart of the United States, its large Mexican population and its abundance of street gang activity, drug cartels have designated the city as one of its main hubs of operation in America, Riley told TheBlaze in an exclusive interview. Inevitably, the increasing presence of cartels has also contributed to the Windy City’s skyrocketing violent crime rates, the DEA boss revealed."

Judicial Watch  (2/15/13)
"Sanctuary Policies Aid Gang-Run Prostitution Rings in DC"

"In yet another example of sanctuary policies enabling criminals, the area surrounding the nation’s capital is infested with juvenile sex-trafficking operations run by illegal alien gangs that benefit from don’t-ask-don’t tell immigration policies practiced by area police."

Kephart, Janice  (9/21/12)
"No Hezbollah in Mexico?"

"Considered one of the smartest and most eloquent of the Hezbollah leadership here in the United States, Raffic Labboun, now referred to as Labboun Allaboun but using the false or stolen name of Belizean Wilhelm Dick when he was picked up by Mexican police, is the epitome of terrorist travel 101. The terrorist travel strategy has core elements: establish residence in the United States, permanently embed, build a family with birthright citizenship ties, and either operationally carry out an attack or more likely support the terror organization from the United States publicly (preaching and recruitment) or privately (often via illegal criminal activity)." 

MacDonald, Heather  (Summer 2004)
"The Immigrant Gang Plague"

"Immigration optimists, ever ready to trumpet the benefits of today’s immigration wave, have refused to acknowledge its costs. Foremost among them are skyrocketing gang crime and an expanding underclass. Until the country figures out how to reduce these costs, maintaining the current open-borders regime is folly. We should enforce our immigration laws and select immigrants on skills and likely upward mobility, not success in sneaking across the border."

MacDonald, Heather  (Winter 2004)
"The Illegal-Alien Crime Wave"

"Some of the most violent criminals at large today are illegal aliens. Yet in cities where the crime these aliens commit is highest, the police cannot use the most obvious tool to apprehend them: their immigration status. In Los Angeles, for example, dozens of members of a ruthless Salvadoran prison gang have sneaked back into town after having been deported for such crimes as murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and drug trafficking. Police officers know who they are and know that their mere presence in the country is a felony. Yet should a cop arrest an illegal gangbanger for felonious reentry, it is he who will be treated as a criminal, for violating the LAPD’s rule against enforcing immigration law."

MacDonald, Heather (4/13/05)
"Immigration and the Alien Gang Epidemic: Problems and Solutions"

"The standard argument for sanctuary laws is that they encourage illegal aliens to work with the police or seek government services. This argument is based on myth, not evidence. No illegal alien advocate has ever provided a shred of evidence that sanctuary laws actually accomplish their alleged ends. Nor has anyone shown that illegal aliens are even aware of sanctuary laws. The evidence for the destructive effects of sanctuary laws is clear, however."

Articles More Specific to Utah: 

Herrod, Chris  (7/9/09)
"Re: Misinformation on Immigration Issues"

(This extensive e-mail by Rep. Chris Herrod was posted on "The Senate Site: The Unofficial Voice of the Senate Majority" on 7/10/09 and contains interesting information about the debate about illegal immigration and crime in Utah.)

"Over the past few months, a tremendous amount of misinformation about illegal immigration in Utah and SB 81 has been given. Salt Lake City’s Police Chief and others have propagated faulty information to the public. SLCPD gave me misleading and false information when I requested information to back up the Police Chief’s comments made on KSL radio. The most recent misinformation is the Sutherland Institute’s “Just the Facts” and a Deseret News’ Editorial which recited Sutherland’s “facts”. In order to save embarrassment for anyone who may be referencing Sutherland’s essay or the Deseret News Editorial, let me state that the Sutherland Institute clearly does not understand Utah’s correctional system especially “State Contract” inmates."

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