Illegal Immigrant Crime Greater than Thought on Border

From the “duh!” file comes this: statistics suggest that Arizona, Texas and California are dealing with increased crime rates due to their high illegal immigrant population. Yes, some of that is attributable to arrests of aliens because they are in the country illegally.

But there are other crimes, many of which are drug-related. Furthermore, illegal immigrants and smuggling organizations have been linked to some specific violent crimes in Arizona. Local officials frequently cite the rash of kidnappings in their state in defending the new law. The Department of Justice’s latest National Drug Threat Assessment says there were 267 kidnappings in Phoenix last year and 299 in 2008. The report said the victims usually have a connection to immigrant smuggling groups or drug traffickers.

The report also showed that assaults against U.S. law enforcement on the southwestern border are on the rise. The report found that the number of attacks on Border Patrol agents increased 46 percent to 1,097 incidents in fiscal 2008. The report said the assaults were mostly related to immigrant smuggling.

It’s a fair article, so read it all for the other side. It is, after all, from Fox News.

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Posted April 30th, 2010 Filed in Immigration, Legal System