THE DARK SIDE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
April 26, 2012
Part 1: Is it victimless?
With all the hoopla over the Trayvon Martin killing, the mainstream media rarely reports on the ‘victimless crime’ of illegal immigration. Therefore, I interviewed Peter Wagner, Denver, Colorado in order to gain a greater understanding as to what happens to Americans that become victims of criminal illegal aliens.
Could you give us a better understanding Mr. Wagner of what Americans face as to illegal alien migration into the United States:
“Except for when an illegal alien does something really horrific, such as when illegal aliens killed Denver Police Officer Don Young and Los Angeles County Deputy David March, or when one dragged his girlfriend to death behind his car, we rarely hear about the crime being committed specifically by illegal aliens,” said Wagner. “There are a number of reasons why. A large part of the reason is that the overwhelming majority of the MSM generally believe that illegal immigration is a “victimless crime” and, as such, it is not worthy to do any real reporting on.
“Some more is due to the fact that illegal aliens are often silent on family violence and afraid to report crime within their communities leaving much of the crime totally unreported. It is also due to the fact that the MSM rarely make any distinction between crimes committed by US citizen perpetrators and illegal alien perpetrators. In fact, they seem to go out of their way to not let us know. Then too, the FBI and Justice Dept. just don’t track it.
“As much as I do not like siding with the MSM, in their defense, establishing the residency of a perpetrator often takes much longer and with the ever decreasing news cycles there is just no time to check and get it confirmed. The end result is that most crimes being committed by illegal aliens are simply not reported as being committed by an illegal alien because by the time the perpetrator’s residency is actually identified it is usually “old news.”
“However, that does not excuse the MSM from reporting the facts in high profile cases where there are numerous follow-on stories. Nor does it excuse them from doing investigative reporting on the collective number of crimes being committed.
“While the murders of Officer Young and Deputy March and the recent horrific dragging death were national news, few know about illegal alien Cornelio Rivera Zamites molesting and then strangling to death four year old Esmerelda Nava. Yet such horrible things are fairly common and are happening more and more frequently.
“Putting things in their proper perspective, most crime is actually down and since 1993 violent crime has been sharply trending down, except for the last few years with a notable up-tick in 2006, which may or may not be attributable to illegal aliens. As we’ll see latter, NOBODY really knows – or at least they aren’t saying.
“The overall favorable results are mostly due to a corresponding “get tough” policy with its increased expenditures. This has resulted in a large increase in the adult correctional population, over the same time period, especially for violent crimes, and also includes a dramatic surge in the number of illegal aliens incarcerated.
“As we continue to look at the violent crime being committed by illegal aliens, keep the steep rise of incarcerated violent prisoners in mind and note that the slope of the curve increases after 1989.
“As noted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, State prison population by offense type, “Over half of the increase in State prison population since 1995 is due to an increase in the prisoners convicted of violent offenses.”
“In any case, despite what the MSM reports, or doesn’t report as the case may be, a correlation between illegal aliens and crime can be gleaned from comparing a National Index Crime Rate map with a map of the percentage of the unauthorized population as a the total foreign-born population in the state.
“Note that if California was split in two, southern California would probably be in the top category as well.”
Chart of the estimated unauthorized population as a % of the total foreign-born population, from the Hew Hispanic Center – Unauthorized Migrants: Numbers and Characteristics
“Regarding the increased crime fighting expenses referenced a few paragraphs earlier, since the early 1980s there have been massive increases in expenditures as reported by the Justice Department as detailed in the following charts. Also note that the slope of the curve for expenditures for police increases after 1989.”
Charts from US Dept of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics
“How much of that is consequence of illegal alien crimes is largely unknown because NOBODY IS TRACKING IT. However, we do know that a large portion of the surging prison population is due to illegal alien criminals – a subject addressed later in this section. Comparing the previous charts, note the correlation with the massive increase in the illegal alien population since 1989.”
Chart from Hew Hispanic Center – Unauthorized Migrants: Numbers and Characteristics
“At this point it is worth noting that the Hew Hispanic Center uses rather conservative numbers, as does the Census Bureau. There are strong indications that the numbers are actually far higher.
The Wall Street investment firm Bear Stearns published a report, The Underground Labor Force is Rising to the Surface, in January 2005 which claims that the illegal alien population is double the official government estimates and was closer to 20 million, at that time.
“In October, 2006, Virginia Deane Abernethy, Ph.D. and Chairman of the Population-Environment Balance of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine published a report, Census Bureau Distortions Hide Immigration Crisis - Real Numbers Much Higher where she claims that “7.2 million aliens enter illegally each year” and notes that the “Census Bureau is a willing participant to misinforming the public on the state of the nation.” Information from US Border Report – Migration Across the Mexican Border also supports much higher numbers.
“Regardless, if either alternative estimate is correct, even partially, the correlation would be even stronger.
“In any case, while a notable percentage of illegal aliens are committing a lot of crime, as we shall soon see, it must be stressed that the vast majority of illegal aliens are decent people who work hard and are only trying to make a better life for themselves and their families, something you or I would probably do if we were in their place. With the exception of ID theft, for most illegal aliens their only crime is breaking the immigration laws of the United States and being in the country illegally.
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“Nevertheless, it is also fact that a disproportionately high percentage of illegal aliens are criminals and sexual predators. That is part of the dark side of illegal immigration and when we simply allow the “good’ in we get the “bad” along with them. Ignoring the fact that just being an illegal alien already makes one a criminal, the question is, how much really “bad” is acceptable and what price are we willing to pay in terms of the collateral damage being inflicted by simply allowing all of them in?
“This section will concentrate on VIOLENT CRIME committed by illegal aliens against people. The following section will detail the SEXUAL CRIME being committed by illegal aliens. While most sexual crime is violent as well, there is just too much horrific crime being committed by illegal aliens to cover it all in one section. In any case, I do not mean to minimize the tremendous devastation upon Americans and society in general from a significant number of additional property and other crimes being committed by illegal aliens.”
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