Illegal immigrants standing on every street corner looking for work. Frustrated and unable to find work, they’re breaking into homes and robbing innocent people on the street.
If this sounds like your vision of America with the rise of illegal immigration, your vision is shared by many Americans. Your vision though is wrong. I wanted to see for myself what the situation was, so I came south to Arizona. What I found might shock you
There is a disconnect between the imagination and reality.
Since I’ve been here, I’ve not seen (or heard) of any of these stories happening recently. While few people were willing to talk, none of them were able to give concrete dates, times and places. All of the stories happened to a friend’s brothers cousins…well, you get the picture. To find an example of violent crime by an illegal immigrant, I had to go back almost three years.
FairUS.org which tracks serious crimes committed by illegal aliens own figures show that only one “serious” crime has been committed in Arizona in the past three months and that was for DUI and improper identification.
A report compiled by The Bureau of Justice Statistics from data provided by National Sheriff’s Association shows that the violent crime rates is lower for each of the five states with the largest population of undocumented aliens per capita.
California 503 per 100K; Arizona 447 per 100K; Illinois 525 per 100K; Texas 507 per 100K and Nevada 724 per 100k.
To put this in perspective, Louisiana which has the lowest population of illegal immigrants had the highest violent crime rate of 656 per 100k.
The more serious problem which seems to be overlooked by the ‘talking heads’ on TV are the Mexican drug cartels.
Shipping billions of dollars across the desert of Arizona each year, cartel members are willing to kill – and be killed – to sustain their industry; and they don’t care who gets in the way.
The problem and challenge of stopping illicit drugs at the nation’s borders is one that needs to be addressed now. The reasons for the continuing flow are many and the politicians willing to step up to the plate to stem the tide are few.
In the meantime, blaming illegal immigrants for a “rising crime” wave isn’t supported by the numbers.