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Florida Today: “165 Immigrants In Brevard Have ICE Court Cases.”


From the FloridaToday:

The government has started court proceedings to deport more than 165 immigrants living in Brevard County, according to data compiled by a Syracuse University organization that tracks federal agencies.

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) data show that three out of every four counties in the U.S. have residents with pending deportation cases in U.S. Immigration Courts. Although most counties had fewer than 24 residents with pending immigration cases, 10 percent had 200 or more residents with pending cases.

“We were focusing on the (legal) representation issue and wanted to look at how many cases were pending,” said Professor Susan Long, co-director of TRAC. “We were shocked at the geography and distribution, that is was as widely distributed.”

We aren’t sure why anyone should be “shocked” at the number of cases nor the geographical distribution of those cases. If one assumes that people are going to move into communities and neighborhoods where people of similar national backgrounds reside, all the distribution shows is what many Americans have claimed: America is a land that welcomes immigrants who enter into the country legally. Counties aren’t putting up barriers to legal immigrants. The country wants a diverse population in terms of ethnic heritage, but a commonality in thought on the guiding principles on which the country was founded and has prospered.

What the article doesn’t talk about is that the illegal immigrants that are “caught” seldom have to have a case brought against them. They are mostly released by the Federal government with an admonition to get “legal” or “leave.” A second contact with immigration authorities will start a case against you.

Unless, of course there is more to the story.

If you have committed a crime or are wanted for committing a crime when you are detained, you get a case filed against you.

As immigration was a big topic before, during and after the last presidential election, we were glad to see President Trump issue an executive order that would, in part, compile data for public dissemination on illegal immigrants that are criminals:

Sec. 16. Transparency. To promote the transparency and situational awareness of criminal aliens in the United States, the Secretary and the Attorney General are hereby directed to collect relevant data and provide quarterly reports on the following:

(a) the immigration status of all aliens incarcerated under the supervision of the Federal Bureau of Prisons;

(b) the immigration status of all aliens incarcerated as Federal pretrial detainees under the supervision of the United States Marshals Service; and

(c) the immigration status of all convicted aliens incarcerated in State prisons and local detention centers throughout the United States.

Transparency within the government is generally a good things as it allows informed discussions and hopefully informed policies as opposed.

What the reports from the Department of Homeland Security found was not encouraging:

Out of the 187,855 inmates in BOP [Bureau of Prisons] custody, 42,034 are foreign-born. The breakdown of the 42,034 aliens is as follows:

– 19,749 (46.9%) are aliens who have received final orders of removal;
– 21,121 (50.2%) are aliens who are under ICE investigation for possible removal;
– 1,157 (2.8%) are aliens whose cases are pending adjudication before an Immigration Judge in the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR); and
– Seven (.0002%) are aliens who have been granted relief.

The U.S. Marshal Service (USMS), the Department of Justice’s component charged with the housing and care of federal pretrial detainees, recently instituted a program to capture data regarding the immigration status of these detainees.

Based upon records current as June 14, USMS identified 12,005 “self-reporting” foreign-born prisoners (aliens) out of 50,135 arrested and detained at USMS facilities. Further details follow for the 12,005 detained aliens:

– 9,857 (82.1%) are aliens who have received final orders of removal;
– 2,047 (17.1%) are aliens whose cases are still pending adjudication before an Immigration Judge in the EOIR; and
– 101 (.8%) are aliens still pending adjudication (ICE has charged these aliens as removal cases, but a final disposition has not yet been reached.)

That’s a staggering 23% of all Federal detainees being in the country illegally. That number alone should make people stand up and notice.

If it doesn’t, perhaps the cost associated with it will.

According to the Federal Register (quoting states from the Federal Bureau of Prisons,) the cost of incarceration for a person in the Federal system is $87.61 per day. In total, that’s $379,408.74 per day or $13,848,419.01 every year.

It is true that to the Federal government, $13.9 million a year is not really even a drop in the bucket.

But how many roads could that build? How many schools? How many teachers could be hired?

Remember, that’s just the cost of housing the illegal immigrants. That doesn’t include the costs of courts, public defenders, prosecutors, bailiffs, judges, etc that need to be maintained in the criminal and the immigration courts.

Frankly, we struggle with the immigration question. We realize that a few / some / many people come here looking for a better life for themselves and their families. If they want to take part in the American dream, we support them. Come to the US, come into the country legally and we will be there for you.

However when the first step is to break the law when coming into the country and then your second step is to make victims of other people and property, we can’t and won’t support that. We won’t support the idea that people have a “right” to come to the US and cost the rest of the taxpayers money because they will not follow the laws of the land.

We don’t want to demonize all immigrants. Our ancestors were immigrants. When it comes to illegal immigrants and crimes, we think this statement from a Washington Examiner article on the incarceration data is pretty much dead on:

Jessica M. Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, said “For a long time the number of non-citizens serving time in federal prison has been disproportionate to their share of the population. This is because a disproportionate number are border-related crimes, such as human smuggling and drug trafficking, and some are immigration offenders. These crimes are most often committed by citizens of other countries, and these numbers show why we need to control our borders.”

Under Trump, she added, the percentage is likely to go higher.

She also said that the numbers show that illegal immigrants with criminal records need to go. Vaughan told Secrets:

“This does not mean that non-citizens are more criminal than Americans, but it does mean that they clearly are not less criminal, and that there are certain crimes that are more closely associated with non-citizens, and certain crimes that are taking place because we do not have a secure border. When we do, and when all criminal aliens are deported instead of released, then the proportion of non-citizens in federal prison will go down.”

That sounds right to us.



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