by WorldTribune Staff, May 13, 2019
Crimes committed by immigrants were the top offenses in federal courts last year, accounting for 34.4 percent of all sentencing cases, according to the United States Sentencing Commission.
Nearly all of the cases involved illegal, Hispanic male immigrants, the federal commission said.
The commission said that immigration cases included “trafficking in U.S. passports, trafficking in entry documents, failure to surrender naturalization certificate, fraudulently acquiring U.S. passports, smuggling, transporting, or harboring an unlawful alien, fraudulently acquiring entry documents, and unlawfully entering or remaining in the U.S.”
The data represents a 4 percent increase from 2017, said the 2018 Annual Report and Sourcebook of Federal Sentencing Statistics.
The commission’s immigration crime numbers from fiscal 2018:
- There were 23,883 cases, 34.4% of all sentences.
- Of those, 22,782, or 96.3%, involved Hispanics.
- Most, were male, 22,106, 92.7%.
- Just 866, or 3.6%, involved those under 21-years-old.
- 21,835, or 91.5% were noncitizens.
- 94.7% of the immigration cases led to prison sentences.
Overall in fiscal year 2018, 54.3 percent of all federal offenders were Hispanic, 21.2 percent were white, 20.6 percent were black, and 3.8 percent were of another race. Non-U.S. citizens accounted for 42.7 percent of all federal offenders, said the federal commission.