Illegal Immigrants Accounted For Nearly 37 Percent Of All Federal Sentences In 2014

| by Ethan Brown

Statistics from the United States Sentencing Commission show that of the 74, 911 federal sentencing cases last year, 27,505 pertained to illegal immigrants who had committed drug-related offenses, broke immigration laws, or committed murder.

In other words, 36.7 percent of all federal sentencing cases in the fiscal year of 2014 dealt with crimes committed by undocumented immigrants that broke United States law after they entered the country illegally, according to the Washington Examiner.

More specifically, illegal immigrants represented 16.8 percent of all drug-trafficking cases, 20 percent of kidnapping or hostage situations, 74.1 percent of drug possession, 12.3 percent of money laundering, and 12 percent of murder cases, Breitbart reported on July 7.

However, the statistics do not showcase state and local cases, which would likely include more murder charges and incidents of rape.

Altogether, illegal immigrants sentenced in federal court during the 2014 year was down from the previous year -- 27,505 in 2014 compared to 30,144 in 2013 (or 36.7 percent of sentencing cases compared to 38.6 percent). However, illegal immigrants only make up 3.5 percent of the population of the United States, meaning illegals may be committing crimes at nearly four times the size of their population in America.

Illegal immigration has once again become a hot button issue recently, shortly after 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle was murdered by an illegal immigrant in San Francisco, California.

The alleged murderer, Francisco Sanchez, had been deported five times previously on criminal drug possession charges, but managed to come back into the states and reside in San Francisco, due to the city’s “sanctuary city” policies. A “sanctuary city” is a city that can choose to ignore federal authorities on certain issues; in San Francisco's case, it prohibits the city from releasing illegal immigrants to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unless they have committed violent felonies.

When questioned about the incident in San Francisco on July 8, Josh Earnest, the White House Press Secretary, said that President Barack Obama would not comment on the matter and referred reporters to the Department of Homeland Security, which deals with international terrorism suspects.

However, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California -- a former mayor of San Francisco -- heavily criticized current Democratic Mayor Ed Lee and San Francisco Police Chief Ross Mirkarimi for not doing more to deport Sanchez.

“I strongly believe that an undocumented individual, convicted of multiple felonies and with a detainer request from ICE, should not have been released,” Feinstein wrote in a letter to Lee, SFGate.com reported yesterday.

“The tragic death of Ms. Steinle could have been avoided if the Sheriff’s Department had notified ICE prior to the release of Mr. Sanchez, which would have allowed ICE to remove him from the country," she added.

Sources: The Washington Examiner, Breitbart, SFGate.com

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