“Mexico would have died...without the option to send its rural poor-fully one-fifth of its population-to the United States.”...6/17/13, "Syria and Egypt can't be fixed," Asia Times, by Spengler
March 2011, "Criminal Alien Statistics, Information on Incarcerations, Arrests, and Costs," GAO, US Government Accountability Office
(Page preceding Contents) "What GAO found"
"The number of criminal aliens in federal prisons in fiscal year 2010 was about 55,000, and the number of SCAAP criminal alien incarcerations in state prison systems and local jails was about 296,000 in fiscal year 2009 (the most recent data available), and the majority were from Mexico.
The number of criminal aliens in federal prisons increased about 7 percent from about 51,000 in fiscal year 2005 while the number of SCAAP criminal alien incarcerations in state prison systems and local jails increased about 35 percent from about 220,000 in fiscal year 2003. The time period covered by these data vary because they reflect updates since GAO last reported on these issues in 2005. Specifically, in 2005, GAO reported that the percentage of criminal aliens in federal prisons was about 27 percent of the total inmate population from 2001 through 2004....
GAO estimates that costs to incarcerate criminal aliens in federal prisons and SCAAP reimbursements to states and localities ranged from about $1.5 billion to $1.6 billion annually from fiscal years 2005 through 2009; DOJ plans to update its SCAAP methodology for reimbursing states and localities in 2011 to help ensure that it is current and relevant."...
page 3: "Five states account for about 70 percent of the SCAAP criminal alien population" as of 2008 (eligible for some fed. reimbursement): Arizona, California, Florida, New York, and Texas.
p. 22, 75% of criminal aliens in GAO study were arrested in only 3 states, California, Arizona, and New York.
page 9, 68% are Mexican:
68% of criminal aliens incarcerated in Federal prisons as of Dec. 2010 were citizens of Mexico.
Terrorism related citizenship status:
page 25, Table 3, Immigration or citizenship status at time of charging of individuals convicted as a result of terrorism-related charges:
77% were aliens, legal or illegal, those brought to the US for prosecution, or naturalized US citizens:
Aliens with legal immigration status-26%
Naturalized US citizens-21%
Aliens without legal immigration status-17%
Aliens brought to the US for prosecution-13
An additional 9% were "unknown"
page 37: Housing criminal aliens costs states a total of $1 billion+ yearly. Total from 2003 through 2009 cost was $7 billion. Some costs are eligible for federal government reimbursement:
"We estimated that selected operating costs (i.e., correctional officer salaries, medical care, food service, and utilities) associated with incarcerating criminal aliens in our nation’s state prison systems totaled $7 billion from fiscal year 2003 through fiscal year 2009. States were eligible for reimbursement of about $4.5 billion in correctional officer salary costs of the estimated $7 billion, as illustrated by the light blue bars in figure 19. 36 Based on available appropriations, states were reimbursed for about $1.6 billion of the $7 billion, about 23 percent, as illustrated by the dark blue bars in figure 19. 3"
Footnote: "36. SCAAP is intended to provide reimbursement to states and localities for a portion of the correctional officer salary costs associated with incarcerating criminal aliens who met the following criteria: (1) had at least one felony or two misdemeanor convictions for violations of state or local law; and (2) were incarcerated for at least 4 consecutive days during the reporting period. 37 These selected operating costs include correctional officer salaries, medical care, food service, and utilities."
page 43, California and New York spend the most on housing criminal aliens.
pages 45 and 46, Costs to 5 selected localities to house criminal aliens, including Los Angeles County, NY City, Orange County, Calif., Maricopa County, Arizona, Harris County, Texas.
page 62, State by state approximate number of criminal aliens incarcerated in state jails, 2003-2009
Estimate of non-citizen US population as of 2009:
p. 1: "As of fiscal year 2009 the total alien—non-U.S.-citizen—population in the United States was about 25.3 million, including about 14.5 million aliens with lawful immigration status and about 10.8 million aliens without lawful immigration status.1"
May 1, 2013, "Every day hundreds of migrants, mostly from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras or Nicaragua, sit on top of the notorious train, often for days at a time," seeking US taxpayer provided food, shelter, transporation, and medical care for life for themselves and relatives. ap via UK Daily Mail.
|Next stop, US taxpayer ap|
5/1/13, “All aboard for the American Dream: Desperate migrants ride the ‘Train of Death’ through Mexico to reach the U.S risking violent attack, rape and kidnap,” UK Daily Mail, ap photo
June 2014, "Unaccompanied minor" with scabies or chicken pox
"The office of U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) who represents the district including the southern border town of Laredo, provided Business Insider with photos showing just how bad the conditions are at one federal facility where some of these immigrants are being held. Cuellar's office said the photos were taken recently in a Customs and Border Protection facility in south Texas. The congressman's office declined to identify the exact source or location of the photos to protect the source's identity."....6/6/2014, "Sickening Photos Of The Humanitarian Crisis At US Border Detention Centers," Business Insider, Brett LoGiurato
7/3/13. "The rule of law is what sets the U.S. apart from many of the societies whence immigrants come." (At least it did in the past).
Aug. 29, 2013, El Salvador jail, getty via UK Daily Mail
Vast US border with Mexico includes 4 states, Calif., Arizona, New Mexico, Texas
Continuing problem that many immigrants are unfamiliar with bathrooms or flush toilets:
"Investigators found “unfamiliarity” with bathrooms resulted in unsanitary conditions, including “exposure to human waste.” Volunteers who have been at some of the facilities have reported that the children and families would often try to throw used toilet paper away, rather than flush it down the toilet."
10/6/14, "Disease plagues illegal immigrants; lack of medications, basic hygiene blamed," Washington Times, Stephen Dinan
"Communicable diseases continue to be a problem at the New Mexico facility built to house illegal immigrant families surging across the U.S.-Mexico border, and the immigrants themselves aren’t taking their own health care very seriously, according to an audit released Monday.
While the Border Patrol is doing a good job of handling the surge of illegal immigrant children traveling alone without their parents, the families who are being housed at a special facility continue to have health problems and trouble using the bathroom, the Homeland Security inspector general said.
“Family unit illnesses and unfamiliarity with bathroom facilities continued to result in unsanitary conditions,” Inspector General John Roth wrote in a memo to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
Mr. Roth said the illnesses — which put the facility in Artesia, New Mexico, on lockdown earlier this year, preventing any immigrants from being transferred in or out — have proved to be a continuing problem.
Part of the issue is the immigrants themselves, some of whom have never seen a doctor before, don’t follow up afterward, either for themselves or their children.
“If detainees do not attend sick call or stand in line to receive daily medications, they remain sick and their illnesses tend to get worse,” the inspector general said.
The inspector general has been reviewing how U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a part of the Homeland Security Department, has handled the surge of children that began to spike earlier this year.
Immigrant-rights groups had filed dozens of complaints arguing children had been physically or verbally abused by agents and officers, but the inspector general has not yet been able to substantiate any of those complaints and said in its own random interviews it hasn’t uncovered any new complaints about wrongdoing.
The surge of children has dropped dramatically, from about 10,000 a month in May and June down to a little more than 3,100 in August — and the numbers appear to have remained low in September, the inspector general said.
The Department of Homeland Security didn’t provide a comment on the latest report, which is the third one the IG has issued since the surge of children.
Investigators said with the drop in the number of children, the Border Patrol is processing those that are arriving much faster. Most are turned over to the Department of Health and Human Services within 6 hours, or well ahead of the 72-hour deadline set by federal law.
Conditions have improved so much that the IG said it was scaling back its investigations, though it could ramp up again if apprehensions go up or if new, credible allegations of abuse come to light.
The one hiccup the investigators did find is that some CBP officers at one facility weren’t trained in how to segregate immigrant children with communicable diseases. CBP officials said they would make sure to assign trained officers whenever there were unaccompanied children at that facility.
Previous reports had detailed some of the difficulties of handling the surge, including the communicable diseases some brought, such as scabies, lice or chickenpox.
And investigators found “unfamiliarity” with bathrooms resulted in unsanitary conditions, including “exposure to human waste.”
Volunteers who have been at some of the facilities have reported that the children and families would often try to throw used toilet paper away,
rather than flush it down the toilet."
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