Considerable ink has been spilled and countless computer screens have been lit up concerning Donald Trump’s poorly phrased comments about the rapists among immigrants from Mexico.
Surely he didn’t mean that all new arrivals from south of the border are rapists, deviants or criminals of any kind. Not even Trump could be so crude and inaccurate.
The vast majority of people coming into the United States from Mexico, even the ones who arrive illegally, are decent people looking for a better life for their children.
Having said that, keep in mind that among those coming across the border are more than a few criminals. They may be a small percentage of the total, but they do come here and their antisocial behavior is felt in various ways.
Newly released numbers
If you think I am making this up, take a look at some interesting numbers recently released.
So far in fiscal year 2015, which started in October 2014, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel have arrested 300 foreign fugitives in the United States.
The 300th was a 30-year-old Honduran man who was wanted by authorities in Honduras for aggravated sexual assault.
He was arrested in Florida and deported in July 2015. The man was here once before. After entering this country illegally years ago, he was booted out the first time in 2009.
Most of the 300 arrests took place in California, Texas and Florida. Of the various charges they were wanted for in their native countries, murder tops the list followed by sex offenses, assault, kidnapping and robbery.
Smart use of resources
It looks to me like ICE is using its time and resources wisely by chasing after the most dangerous criminals. If the agency was targeting a student trying to improve his or her mind on a college campus, I might feel different about it.
So Mr. Trump is not entirely wrong, just somewhat inarticulate. There are some bad people entering this country. Fortunately, they are relatively few and far between. And we shouldn’t jump to conclusions about normal newcomers who abide by the law.
You can do your part by keeping your eyes and ears open. If you have information about a foreign fugitive, call the ICE tip line at 866-347-2423. From outside the United States call 001-1802-872-6199. ICE also has a tip form online.