A follow-up to my earlier post, in which I went out of my way not to paint immigrants — including illegal immigrants — with a broad brush. What are we to make of this information from the Justice Department? There are a few contradictions here to unravel, via NBC News:
Arrests of noncitizens by the U.S. government more than tripled over the past decade and now account for 64 percent of all federal arrests, the Justice Department said Thursday. “While noncitizens make up seven percent of the U.S. population, they accounted for 15 percent of all federal arrests” in 2018, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, which said noncitizens accounted for roughly one-quarter of all federal drug and property crime arrests. Concern about crime committed by undocumented immigrants has been a key point in the Trump administration’s push for stricter border controls. But the report showed that most of the arrests of noncitizens were for immigration offenses, not violent crimes.
So is it 64 percent or 15 percent, NBC? More…