In fiscal 2018, 64% of all the arrests made by the federal government were of non-US citizens, according to a report released Thursday by the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics. For comparison, In 1998, 63% of all federal arrests were of US citizens.
"While non-US citizens make up 7% of the US population (per the US Census Bureau for 2017), they accounted for 15% of all federal arrests and 15% of prosecutions in US district court for non-immigration crimes in 2018. Non-US citizens accounted for 24% of all federal drug arrests and 25% of all federal property arrests, including 28% of all federal fraud arrests," the Department said in a statement.
The report comes as swarms of migrants from Central America have been flooding the US-Mexico border. The report notes that foreigners from places other than Mexico have skyrocketed.
"The country of citizenship of persons arrested by federal law enforcement changed notably over time. From 1998 to 2018, Mexican citizens’ share of federal arrests rose from 28% to 40%. Citizens of Central American countries’ share of federal arrests rose from 1% to 20% during the same period, while US citizens’ share of federal arrests fell from 63% to 36%. Federal arrests of Central Americans rose over 30-fold over 2 decades, from 1,171 in 1998 to 39,858 in 2018. The number of federal arrests of Mexican citizens (78,062) exceeded the number of federal arrests of US citizens (70,542) in 2018," said the Department. Immigrant crime has also soared.
"Across 20 years, 95% of the increase in federal arrests was due to immigration crimes. From 1998 to 2018, federal immigration arrests increased 5-fold (from 20,942 to 108,667), rising over 50,000 in one year from 2017 to 2018. In 2018, 90% of suspects arrested for federal immigration crimes were male, while 10% were female. 85% of federal arrests of non-US citizens in 2018 were for immigration offenses and another 5% of arrests were immigration-related," the DOJ said.
"Of suspects prosecuted in US district court in 2018, 57% were U.S. citizens and 43% were non-US citizens. Almost all (99.7%) of the non-citizens prosecuted in US district court were prosecuted for something other than first-time illegal entry."
The problem at the border has been worsening steadily in the last few years. Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodolfo Karisch told a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing last month that border agents have captured people trying to enter the US illegally from over 50 different countries, including Turkey, China, Bangladesh, Egypt and Romania. Customs and Border Protection agents apprehended over 76,000 illegal aliens crossing the US border in February alone and estimates say that number will top 100,000 in March.
Former US Border Patrol chief Mark Morgan, who served during the Obama administration, said In April that the crisis at the US-Mexico border is the worst "in the history of this country."
Morgan, who's been defending President Trump in his efforts to stem the flow of illegal aliens into the US, gave a frank assessment of the situation in a Monday interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox News Business.
"Make no mistake and I’ve been trying to get out here — this isn’t just a crisis, this is a crisis like we’ve never experienced in the history of this country since we started tracking numbers," Morgan said today. "And again, we’ve had that talk and that’s because of the demographics. There’s still this very false talking point out there that — well, back in the ’90s, the numbers were higher — over a million."