President Trump’s proposed immigration reform plans just got a boost with some hard-core statistics.
The 2017 report indicates more than one in five individuals in prisons were not born in the U.S. and, the end of the 2017 fiscal year found 58,766 suspected or confirmed non-citizens were being held in U.S. prisons
Attorney General Jeff Sessions believes these figures prove why Trump’s proposed immigration plans must be implemented.
Americans “are being victimized by illegal aliens who commit crimes,” Sessions said in a statement. “The simple fact is that any offense committed by a criminal alien is ultimately preventable. One victim is too many.”
Based on sentencing data, “non-citizens commit a substantially disproportionate number of drug-related offenses, which contributes to our national drug abuse crisis,” the attorney general added.
The report highlights “that more must be done,” and the department “will continue to pursue President Trump’s immigration priorities,” newly-confirmed Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen said.
Conservative commentator, Mark Steyn, told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Thursday that the figures represent only the tip of the iceberg as the Justice Department does not even have the data from state and local levels.
“These statistics, which for political correctness reasons we were prevented from knowing in recent years, show that this country is, in effect, importing a criminal class,” Steyn said.
“State and local facilities do not routinely provide DHS or DOJ with comprehensive information about their inmates and detainees—which account for approximately 90 percent of the total U.S. incarcerated population,” the report said.
Officials from the National Security Council, the Domestic Policy Council, Homeland Security as well as the Department of Justice and the State Department, met in the fall to discuss changes to the country’s immigration system as the administration seeks to push ahead with Trump’s tough stand on illegal immigration.
Besides the president’s long-promised wall between the U.S.-Mexico border, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have approved a plan that would separate parents from their children once they are caught entering the U.S. illegally.
Homeland Security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, has not yet signed off on the plan, however.
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