In the course of our groups’ — Immigrant Rights Action/Grupo de Acción — immigration advocacy work, we met with our local congressman. Due to the pattern of civil rights violations we had documented, he went to the ICE office in Philadelphia last year. He shared with us that the department he met with that does homeland security investigations was frustrated because their funding was being diverted to the enforcement and removal operations department that does immigration infractions and deportations. I’ve long been concerned about this. No matter where you stand on immigration, I think we can agree that going after mothers and children instead of security threats make us less safe.
Fast forward. I was doing research on the actual numbers of crimes committed by immigrants living in the U.S. without legal permission. I stumbled upon the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website. I was surprised by the numbers. Numbers tell a story, and they don’t lie. The number of arrests and convictions of immigrants living in the U.S. without legal permission have decreased significantly each year since 2016. In most cases, they have decreased by at least 50 percent. Let that sink in for a minute. Check it out for yourself.
Conclusion: We are either less safe due to the current administration’s policies of not prioritizing the investigation of security threats, instead focusing on mass deportation, and/or — there has been a drastic reduction in crime by immigrants living in the U.S. without legal permission. In either case, these numbers from the CBP negate the claims the current administration have been making about the threat of immigrants living in the U.S. without legal permission.