Federal Sentencing Report: Immigration Offenses Most Numerous in Fiscal 2018

The illegal-alien invasion of the United States across the southwest border isn’t just a nightmare for the border agents who must process, feed, and provide medical care for the poverty-stricken “migrants.”

Difficult as it is for the Border Patrol and myriad agencies to care for the incoming illegals, they present more than just a numbers problem. Or the problem of spreading communicable diseasesthey bring with them.

They’re a major burden on federal courts and federal prisons, which must handle not only notorious gang members and violent criminals but also those illegals prosecuted for violating immigration laws.

The most recently-released federal data show how big a job that is. Illegal aliens convicted of immigration crimes are the largest group of offenders sentenced in the federal court system.

More Than 30 Percent
Immigration offenses were some 30 percent of all federal sentencings, the U.S. Sentencing Commission disclosed in its report for fiscal 2018.

“Immigration cases accounted for the largest single group of offenses in fiscal year 2018, comprising 34.4 percent of all reported cases,” the commission reported. “Cases involving drugs, firearms, and fraud were the next most common types of offenses after immigration cases. Together these four types of offenses accounted for 82.9 percent of all cases.”

The number of illegal aliens or others sentenced for immigration crimes is mind-boggling, the data show.

Of the 69,425 federal sentencings in 2018, the commission reported, 23,883, or 34.3 percent, were for immigration crimes. That figure is 3,387 more than the 20,496 in 2017, an increase of about 16.5 percent.

Almost all the offenders, 22,136, about 92.3 percent, were sentenced for one of four crimes: alien smuggling, acquiring fraudulent documents, unlawful entry and remaining the country, or immigration document trafficking or making false or fraudulent immigration statements.

Almost all those sentences, 82.4 percent, were for unlawful entry, the commission reported. Alien smuggling comprised 12.8 percent, false documents, 4.2 percent, and document trafficking or false statements, 0.5 percent.

By R. Cort Kirkwood for THE NEW AMERICA

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