Fox News: We Love Picking Cherries but Just Hate Aliens
Here we go boys and girls, one more attempt by Fox and the Republicans to spin, color and skew public opinion against rational policies put in place by their favourite hate target, Obama and the Dems.
The caption reads:
Republicans decry ‘deadly’ policy as report shows illegal immigrants committing new crimes
Followed by the summary paragraphs (where most readers of Fox News stop, I warrant):
Roughly one in six illegal immigrants is re-arrested on criminal charges within three years of release, according to new government data being released Tuesday.
Those charges range from murder to drunken-driving and, according to House Republicans pushing out the report, are symptoms of what they describe as a “dangerous and deadly” immigration policy.
The implication here is that one in six illegal immigrants are arrested at least twice, with some ungodly high number of illegal immigrants arrested at least once. They make the attempt to equate illegal immigrants (later they do it to any immigrant) with violent crime.
Let’s take a look at the numbers.
First off, the database includes only those immigrants who were arrested between Oct 27, 2008 and July 31, 2011. It does not include all immigrants nor does it include all illegal immigrants.
The entire database contains 174,777 individuals.
Of those 174,777, 46796 are illegal immigrants, 96731 are legal immigrants and 559 are unknown.
[UPDATE] Correction, I missed Legal Permanent Residents under legal immigrant. The new total is reflected above. (96731)
The report had several questions to be answered, each of which narrowed the field from the previous answer.
- How many individuals were identified through Secure Communities but not taken into custody?
- Of those what is the breakdown of US citizen, non-citizen and immigrant status?
- Of those non-citizens, how many were re-arrested?
- Of those re-arrested, what was their immigration status?
- Of those re-arrested, what offences led to re-arrest?
Here is the breakdown of the CHRI checks for aliens:
US Citizen 10867 Non-Immigrant BCC 868 Illegal 37135 Illegal under proceedings 2997 Lawful Perm Res 88693 Legal 10158 Legal under proceedings 1122 Legal Non-immigrant 15714 Removed 4561 Outstanding warrant 2103 Undetermined 519 Missing 40 Total in database 174777
Here is the breakdown of non-citizens who were not held in custody:
Non-Immigrant BCC 860 Illegal 36446 Illegal under proceedings 2750 Lawful Perm Res 86535 Legal 9201 Legal under proceedings 995 Legal Non-immigrant 15427 Removed 4538 Outstanding warrant 2005 Undetermined 490 Missing 39 Total 159286
Here is the breakdown of immigrants who were re-arrested:
Illegal 5210 Illegal under proceedings 480 Lawful Perm Res 16105 Legal 1433 Legal under proceedings 191 Removed 1015 Outstanding warrant 387 Undetermined 197 Missing 19 Total 25037
Since the main story line from Fox is the inability of the Obama administration to do anything about the alien problem, we can remove the numbers for those the Obama administration is obviously attending to, such as both legals and illegals under removal proceedings as well as those already removed and those with warrants for removal.
Total # of illegal immigrants re-arrested 5210 (20.8%) Recidivism rate 14.3% Total # of legal immigrants re-arrested 17538 (70%) Recidivism rate 18.32% Total unknown or missing re-arrested 216 (.86%) Total being processed by OA 2073 (8.28%)
Overall US recidivism rate = 44.1% to 67.5% [Link: en.wikipedia.org…]
Overall immigrant recidivism rate = 15.72%
Maybe the US should keep the immigrants and get rid of everybody else?
More from Fox:
They allegedly committed nearly 8,500 drunken-driving offenses and more than 6,000 drug-related violations. The records also show major criminal offenses, which included murder, battery, rape, kidnapping and nearly 3,000 thefts. Roughly 2 percent of the crimes included carjacking, child molestation, lynching and torture, according to the 13-page Congressional Research Service report.
If we use the information in the report on only those individuals ICE had the authority to bring action against we find different numbers.
Drug violations 1420 (8.7%) Major Criminal Offences 852 (5.2%) Thefts 489 (3%) Other Violent Crimes 253 (1.6%) Total Offences 16226
Fox really screws up next, by making a statement that some of the offences included child molestation, lynching and torture when the report lists those under a general definition of a category called Other Violent Offences but does not specify those in the breakdown.
How is Fox claiming there were lynching and tortures when they have no evidence for or against?