Monday, September 08, 2008

Deported illegals who return commit more crimes

Illegal immigrants who have been deported from the United States are far more likely to repeatedly commit crimes than other immigrants, says a study by the Rand Corp. The study found that illegal immigrants, overall, were not a greater crime risk, but among those who previously had been deported, reentered the U.S. and were arrested and released from jail, nearly 75% went on to commit another crime within a year. And 28% were arrested three or more times during a one-year period.

Among illegal alien criminals who had not previously been deported, 32% were rearrested within a year and 7% were arrested three or more times during that year.

The study was based on a review of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department data from 2002, with the analysis limited to 517 male illegal immigrants released from Los Angeles County jails between Aug. 4 and Sept. 2 of that year.

L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca said the report also that the federal government needs to do more to stop criminals from sneaking back across the U.S.-Mexico border. 'Criminals who are illegal immigrants know no limits and no boundaries,' he said. 'The harder we make it for them to get across, the better.'

'This study underscores why criminal aliens, and in particular those who have been previously deported, are a top ICE enforcement priority,' ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice said. 'These are individuals who have shown no respect for our laws and our borders.'

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