Friday, August 23, 2019

Non-citizens made up 64% of ALL federal arrests last year, report finds

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Despite making up only seven percent of the U.S. population, non-U.S. citizens accounted for almost two-thirds (64 percent) of all federal arrests last year, according to newly released government numbers.
The statistics are part of a report issued Thursday by the Bureau of Justice Statistics titled “Immigration, Citizenship, and the Federal Justice System, 1998-2018.”
“In 1998, 63% of all federal arrests were of U.S. citizens,” the report explains. “In 2018, 64% of all federal arrests were of non-U.S. citizens.”
The report explains during the 20-year time frame, arrests of non-citizens “more than tripled” while citizen arrests rose 10 percent.
One of the places where immigrant arrests have risen most sharply is, not surprisingly, the southern U.S. border.
There are five federal judicial districts along the border: The Southern District of California, the District of Arizona, the District of New Mexico, the Western District of Texas, and the Southern District of Texas. The percentage of federal arrests in these districts have increased from 33% in 1998 to 65% in 2018.
Those districts also saw a quarter (25.1 percent) of federal drug arrests in 2018. And these numbers are only for five federal judicial districts out of the total 94.
Read the rest from Nate Madden HERE.

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