The Justice Department released some statistics that show a huge increase in immigration-related offenses for federal law enforcement. Half of all federal arrests are no related to immigration offenses. 61% of federal arrests occurred at the U.S. – Mexico border.
Immigration crimes are often also related to more serious crimes like human trafficking. 80% of the defendants were sentenced to time in a federal prison, with an average sentence of 15 months.
This rush of illegal alien offenders puts a lot of increasing pressure on government that leads to changes in sentencing policy as an attempt to avoid prison overcrowding, which leads to a lot of these people being released after committing crimes.
ICE is forced to make use of dozens of private facilities to house detainees awaiting deportation. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced he would be reversing the Obama administration’s plans to phase out private prisons for criminal convicts and pre-trial detainees.
Pew notes that, by their estimates, federal arrests make up only a little more than one percent of the total arrests in the United States each year, local and state law enforcement being responsible for the vast majority of arrests.
While the numbers in the BJS report accurately reflect the federal criminal justice system, wider estimates of the proportions of crime committed by illegal aliens are hard to come by. Reporting across the nation’s hundreds of law enforcement agencies is inconsistent and incomplete. So-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions also refuse to report on their arrestees’ immigration status as a matter of policy, hindering federal efforts to collect statistics and enforce immigration laws.