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The Dark Side Of Illegal Immigration - Pt 2
Violent Crime Grows
By Frosty Wooldridge
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.  www.darksideofillegalimmigration.com
Violent Crime Grows 
Could you give us a better understanding Mr. Wagner of what Americans face as to illegal alien migration into the United States:
Wagner said, "As an example of a rapidly growing crime that has a high illegal alien participation, causing many months if not years of misery for the victim, see the GAO's report IDENTITY FRAUD ­ Prevalence and Links to Illegal Alien Activity, as well as <http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/homeland.php?id=426195>Identity Theft is a Serious Immigration Issue and Illegal Aliens Steal Identities To Get American Jobs.
"If you happened to be the victim of identity theft by an illegal alien you probably don't think it was a "victimless" crime. If you haven't been the victim of ID theft but would like to know what the fuss is all about, see: 10-year-old girl victim of ID theft, Two women, one ID and plenty of problems,  As victim of identity theft, I wish several things would happen,  and  Illicit Use of Social Security Information Rises. Also noteFaye Bowers' article in the Christian Science Monitor, An Illegal Immigration Link to Identity Theft, to see how easy and cheap it is to get the documents stealing YOUR identification.
"Additionally, there is a plethora of other criminal activities with a high illegal alien participation, including such crimes involving cocaine, methamphetamine,  home invasion,  auto insurance fraud,  life insurance fraud,  food stamp fraud,  mortgage fraud,  auto theft, drug trafficking, prostitution, more prostitution, and, of course, counterfeiting documents.
"As we will see, many illegal aliens are not just your casual immigration violating, ID theft and fraud committing, law breaker. Many are recidivists ­ a.k.a. career criminals, like Juan Leonardo Quintero, who was previously deported after being convicted of indecency with a child, but who later came back and then just recently killed a Houston cop in cold blood, leaving a widow and five now fatherless children.
"Keep "previously deported" in mind as you will be seeing that reference a lot in this paper.
"Also, many crimes are gang related with the growing Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang being notoriously brutal in carrying out its criminal activities ­ a topic independently covered in the GANG CRIMES section.
"As detailed by Edwin Rubenstein in Criminal Alien Nation, criminal illegal aliens are a growing threat. In summary, he reports:
In 1980, our Federal and state facilities held fewer than 9,000 criminal aliens but at the end of 2003, approximately 267,000 illegal aliens were incarcerated in U.S. correctional facilities, as follows
·   46,000 in Federal prisons
·   74,000 in state prisons
·   147,000 in local jails
"The article also notes that approximately 27% of all prisoners in Federal custody are criminal illegal aliens and the majority (63%) of those are Mexican citizens. However, the large Mexican component is mostly due to the fact that the majority of illegal aliens are from Mexico and the incarceration rate is only slightly above the Mexican representation (~57%) of the illegal aliens in the overall illegal alien population, although a more recent crossing analysis indicates a much higher Mexican content.
"The article goes on to state that in fiscal 2004, the Federal govt. spent $1.4 billion to incarcerate criminal aliens. This total included $280 million of reimbursements made to state and local governments under the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program [SCAAP] - a Department of Justice program managed by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) - but SCAAP funds cover less than 25% of the full cost of incarcerating criminal aliens, leaving the balance of 75% to be picked up by the local jurisdiction.
"It is worth noting that all the incarceration costs are ultimately paid for by the taxpayers. Throughout this paper, it is worth noting the costs being imposed on society for illegal aliens as you will see that the costs will continue to accumulate, often dramatically so. It is also worth noting that with proper border security and immigration enforcement there would be few illegal aliens in the country and little of those costs would have been incurred, thus allowing a cost-benefit analysis.
"On May 9, 2005, the GAO issued a report, number GAO-05-337R, entitled Information on Criminal Aliens Incarcerated in Federal and State Prisons and Local Jails, prepared for the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims. It noted:
"At the federal level, the number of criminal aliens incarcerated increased from about 42,000 at the end of calendar year 2001 to about 49,000 at the end of calendar year 2004--a 15 percent increase. The percentage of all federal prisoners who are criminal aliens has remained the same over the last 3 years--about 27 percent. The majority of criminal aliens incarcerated at the end of calendar year 2004 were identified as citizens of Mexico. We estimate the federal cost of incarcerating criminal aliens--BOP's cost to incarcerate criminals and reimbursements to state and local governments under SCAAP--totaled approximately $5.8 billion for calendar years 2001 through 2004. BOP's cost to incarcerate criminal aliens rose from about $950 million in 2001 to about $1.2 billion in 2004--a 14 percent increase."
And interestingly notes:
"Federal reimbursements for incarcerating criminal aliens in state prisons and local jails declined from $550 million in 2001 to $280 million in 2004, in a large part due to a reduction in congressional appropriations."
"This illustrates the failings of your government as the Federal Government is responsible for securing the borders but allows more and more illegal aliens to violate the sovereignty of the United States. However, when the illegal aliens commit crimes and are arrested, they are paying less and less of the state and local costs of incarcerating them. That's something you might want to ask your state's congressional members about, especially if the reimbursement costs are even lower in 2007.
"Although notable, the public cost of incarcerating illegal aliens is trivial alongside the carnage they imposed on their victims. Remember, incarcerated illegal alien perpetrators committed crime before being incarcerated. So the question is "How much crime?"
"To give you an idea of "how much crime," as noted in Illegal Alien Crime Wave in Full Swing, in April 2005, the GAO released another report, GAO-05-646R, on a study of 55,322 illegal aliens incarcerated in federal, state, and local facilities during 2003. It found the following:
"Of the 55,322 illegal aliens studied, researchers found that they were arrested a total of 459,614 times, averaging about 8 arrests per illegal alien."
Contact Peter Wagener at: www.darksideofillegalimmigration.com
Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents - from the Arctic to the South Pole - as well as six times across the USA, coast to coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from the Arctic Circle, Norway to Athens, Greece. He presents "The Coming Population Crisis in America: and what you can do about it" to civic clubs, church groups, high schools and colleges. He works to bring about sensible world population balance at www.frostywooldridge.comHe is the author of: America on the Brink: The Next Added 100 Million Americans. Copies available: 1 888 280 7715
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