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Non-U.S. Citizens Represented Nearly Two-Thirds of All Federal Arrests in 2018

A graphic concept of barbed-wire, chain-linked fencing at the U.S. southern border with a sign reading, "Stop Illegal Immigration." (Photo: AdobeStock/Thea Photography)

Trend in Federal Arrests for Non-U.S. Citizens and U.S. Citizens Shifted Dramatically Over Two Decades

A graphic concept of barbed-wire, chain-linked fencing at the U.S. southern border with a sign reading, "Stop Illegal Immigration." (Photo: AdobeStock/Thea Photography)
A graphic concept of barbed-wire, chain-linked fencing at the U.S. southern border with a sign reading, “Stop Illegal Immigration.” (Photo: AdobeStock/Thea Photography)

The Justice Department (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) reported nearly two-thirds of all federal arrests in 2018 were of non-U.S. citizens. The new crime statistics are a complete reversal from twenty years ago.

In 1998, 63% of all federal arrests were of U.S. citizens. Two decades later, 64% of all federal arrests were of non-U.S. citizens, despite allegedly representing only 7% of the total U.S. population.

From 1998 to 2018, country of origin of persons arrested by federal law enforcement shifted significantly. Mexican citizens’ share of federal arrests rose from 28% to 40%. The share of arrests for Central American countries rose from 1% to 20% during the same period, while U.S. citizens’ share of federal arrests fell from 63% to 36%.

The jump from 1,171 in 1998 to 39,858 in 2018 for Central Americans represents a 30-fold gain over two decades. Federal arrests of Mexican citizens (78,062) now exceeds the number for U.S. citizens (70,542).

By gender, 90% of suspects arrested for federal immigration crimes were male, while just 10% were female.

Federal arrests of non-U.S. citizens rose 234% from 1998 to 2018 juxtaposed to a gain of just 10% for U.S. citizens over the same period. The BJS said 95% of the increase in federal arrests was due to immigration crimes.

However, that by no means paints a clear picture.

The top five crimes for non-U.S. citizens were illegal reentry (72%), drugs (13%), fraud (4.5%), alien smuggling (4%), and misuse of visas (2%). The top five crimes for U.S. citizens were drugs (38%), weapons (21%), fraud (12%), public order (12%), and alien smuggling (6%).

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    The arrested illegals will be in our prisons/jails and we will provide food and shelter, etc. for them while detained. Just asking, shouldn’t they be deported? They are illegals after all. Probably asking too much.

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    The arrested illegals will be in our prisons/jails and we will provide food and shelter, etc. for them while detained. Just asking, shouldn’t they be deported? They are illegals after all. Probably asking too much. This site does not post my comments claiming they have been posted before. NOT TRUE. what gives?

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    See? U.S. success is BASED on Diversity! Ask all those arresting officers who still have a job!

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