“On The Holmes Front” with Frank Holmes
On Tuesday, the Justice Department announced how many illegal aliens are currently clogging American jail cells — and the cost to taxpayers is absolutely head-spinning.
“Out of the 187,855 inmates in (federal) custody, 42,034 are foreign-born,” according to the report, which was obtained by The Horn News.
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That’s almost one-in-four. Tens of thousands of prisoners, who committed felonies, are in this country illegally. They committed a serious crime, got sent to the federal pen… and they’re costing taxpayers billions of dollars each year.
Worse, that just includes prisoners held in jails run by the federal Bureau of Prisons – the 42,034 doesn’t count most prisoners in state, city, or county prisons.
At least now we know the size of the problem. The Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security has to produce a report on criminal aliens four times a year, thanks to an executive order signed by Donald Trump.
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The report doesn’t detail the kinds of crimes these criminal, illegal aliens committed. But we can get some idea based on recent headlines:
- Last week, a 31-year-old illegal immigrant sexually assaulted a 65-year-old woman at knife-point, then stole her car. He’d already sexually assaulted another woman, according to police in the sanctuary city of Portland, Oregon. The suspect is a meth addict with mental disorders who has been deported to Mexico 20 separate times.
- In May, a 36-year-old illegal alien robbed a home in Polk County, Florida – but he decided he hadn’t taken enough. He got into bed with the lady of the house, who was asleep. Police say when she woke up, he nearly choked her to death, until another person in the house scared him away. He has already been convicted of five felonies and two misdemeanors but is somehow still in our country.
- In July, in the same Florida county, one illegal immigrant hacked another illegal immigrant to death with a machete. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said, “If they’d have stayed in their home country, in their community…(they both) would be alive and well today.” He told the media that he supports Trump’s immigration enforcement policy.
- In a gory scene this May, a 33-year-old illegal living outside Atlanta stabbed her husband and four of her five children to death. One of the children was younger than two. The woman, Isabel Martinez, had been reported for child abuse in the past and said she had come into contact with a “devil-like spirit.” She sure put her family through Hell.
These are crimes – robberies, rapes, and murders – committed by people who had no business being in the United States. And just like American criminals, they’re ruthless. Being an illegal immigrant won’t save you. Even being family won’t save you.
What’s that? You didn’t read about this in USA Today or see it on NBC News?
CBS News covered the Martinez murder…but didn’t say a word about her immigration status. It just didn’t fit their Open Borders, pro-amnesty agenda.
Here’s another fact that doesn’t fit in with the yellow journalism: It would be cheaper to deport all illegal immigrants than to keep them in the United States. Deportation would save the United States more than $600 billion, according to a new report by the Center for Immigration Studies.
Taking everything into account, the average illegal still costs taxpayers more than $65,000 over his lifetime.
That’s bad enough, but multiply that by at least 11.5 million illegals in this country and it’s a disaster. Since illegals are here illegally, the fact that they take in U.S. taxpayer dollars is another form of robbery.
Deportation is cheaper, according to figures released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The average deportation costs between $5,915 and $10,854.
CIS estimates that there is “a total lifetime fiscal drain of $746.3 billion” for all illegal immigrants, according to the report released on Thursday. But it would cost somewhere between $68 billion and $124 billion to deport all of them.
Don’t get me wrong — not all illegals are “bad people.” A lot of them could probably return legally. But that’s the difference: LEGALLY.
A screening process could keep out the murderers, meth addicts, and schizos.
That’s why we need massive immigration reform — and it looks like at least two senators get it.
Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue introduced the RAISE Act this week. It would base who gets into the country on merit – whether the immigrant would actually become a productive citizen instead of a drain on the economy.
It would also stop families from bringing distant relatives to the country and reform the abuse-riddled refugee system. The senators estimate that would cut legal immigration by almost half.
Even after that, “That would still mean annual permanent immigration of 500,000–600,000 a year, which is more than any other nation” on the face of the earth, immigration hawk Mark Krikorian wrote at The National Interest.
At least it’s a start.
Trump said the bill watches out for “struggling American families” and “puts America first.”
And the nation’s top cop thinks the bill will save lives. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said “the higher entry standards established in this proposal will allow authorities to do a more thorough job reviewing applicants for entry, therefore protecting the security of the U.S. homeland.”
And isn’t that the government’s first job – to protect the home front?
— Frank Holmes is a reporter for The Horn News. He is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”