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Congressman Mo Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Alabama

Lawmakers Need Illegal Alien Crime Data to Protect American Lives

May 23, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC—  Thursday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) reintroduced the Arrest Statistics Reporting Act. The bill does two things. First, it requires that arrest reports already sent to the FBI by state and local governments include the best known immigration status of the arrestee. Second, it requires the federal government to publish illegal alien crime data in the FBI’s annual crime reports. This data will better inform the public and lawmakers about illegal alien crime and help lawmakers make better decisions needed to protect American lives.

Congressman Brooks said, “America’s policymakers face an information gap that undermines our ability to make immigration policy decisions that protect American lives from the threat posed by illegal alien crime. Policymakers know that in FY 2017 and FY 2018, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) officers apprehended roughly 235,000 illegal aliens for criminal conduct on American soil — including roughly 100,000 for assault, 30,000 for sex crimes, and 4,000 for homicides.”[1]

Brooks continued, “U.S. Sentencing Commission data reveals that, of those convicted of federal crimes between 2011 and 2016, 44.2% were not U.S. citizens. In comparison, non-citizens are estimated to be 8.4% of America’s adult population. This data suggests non-citizens are far more likely than citizens to commit federal crimes.[2] But, federal crime data alone is insufficient. Many of the most heinous crimes, such as murder, rape, violent assaults, and the like, are prosecuted at the city, county and state level. Currently, Congress does not have access to city, county and state level data on crimes committed by lawful immigrants or illegal aliens.”

Brooks concluded, “My bill, the Arrest Statistics Reporting Act, requires that arrest reports sent to the FBI by state and local governments include the best known immigration status of the arrestee. Further, it requires that illegal alien crime data be published in the FBI’s annual crime reports. This data will better inform the public and lawmakers about illegal alien crime and help us make the more informed decisions that are needed to protect American lives.”

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[1] Fiscal Year 2017 ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Report. https://www.ice.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Report/2017/iceEndOfYearFY2017.pdf

Fiscal Year 2018 ICE Enforcement and  Removal Operations Report, https://www.ice.gov/doclib/about/offices/ero/pdf/eroFY2018Report.pdf

[2] Center for Immigration Studies, “Non-Citizens Committed a Disproportionate Share of Federal Crimes, 2011-16,” January 10, 2018. https://cis.org/Camarota/NonCitizens-Committed-Disproportionate-Share-Federal-Crimes-201116

 

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