House Republicans are calling for a new study on illegal immigrant crime statistics after the border increase – LSB

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First on Fox: Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives are calling for a new report on the number of illegal immigrants who commit crimes and are incarcerated in prisons across the United States, as the previous assessment came years before the current historic migrant crisis at the border.

Last month, authorities announced the arrest of an illegal immigrant from Honduras accused of rape, kidnapping and assault, and last week authorities said that an illegal immigrant had been arrested for shooting two sisters to death in their home in Dallas.

There were a slew of other charges against illegal immigrants, including a Venezuelan immigrant accused of raping a woman in front of a three-year-old child in New York. Meanwhile, the chief of the Border Patrol said illegal immigrants with “serious criminal histories” try to cross the border daily.

An illegal immigrant is accused of shooting two Texas sisters

Immigration activists and others have pointed to the relatively small percentage of immigrants with a known criminal history who cross the border — although this does not take into account those who cross and evade border patrols — and some studies suggest that undocumented immigrants commit crimes at a lower rate than the general population. .

Now Republicans want to get to the bottom of the matter.

Pete sessions

Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, speaks during a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., US, on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. (Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

In a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), obtained by Fox News Digital, Republicans led by Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, cited an estimated 1.7 million escapes in the past three years on top of more than 2.4 million escapes. Last fiscal year alone.

“The potential connection between uncontrolled immigration and rising crime rates in major cities across the United States is of great concern to Congress, local law enforcement, and everyday Americans,” the 23 lawmakers wrote. “Congress needs data identifying incarceration, arrest, crimes, convictions, costs, and removal of noncitizens to properly assess the relationship between growing illegal immigration and the current criminal alien population.”

Illegal immigrants with ‘serious criminal records’ try to cross border daily: Border Patrol chief

The GAO last published a report on “criminal alien statistics” in 2018, but that was before the Trump-era migrant crisis in 2019, and the Biden-era crisis from 2021 to the present. The report provided information on the number of foreign nationals imprisoned, the number of arrests and convictions and the costs of their imprisonment.

Migrant crossing in Eagle Pass, Texas.

Migrants who crossed the Rio Grande River and entered the United States from Mexico line up for processing by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Sept. 23, 2023, in Eagle Pass, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Jay, File)

“In addition, the report provided data on the possibility of non-citizens being removed from the United States after incarceration in federal prisons,” the lawmakers wrote.

Thus, they are asking GAO to update its study of incarcerated noncitizens, which includes federal and state prisons, as well as local jails. Among the lawmakers who signed the letter are Reps. Kay Granger, R-Texas, Michael McCaul, R-Texas, Mike Rogers, R-Alabama, Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, and Chip Roy, R-Texas.

Republicans, Democrats and the Biden administration remain at odds over the ongoing border crisis. The Biden administration said the crisis was due to a “broken” system and a hemispheric migration movement. She called for more funding and comprehensive immigration reform.

A $14 billion funding request is still being debated in Congress, where Republicans are calling for more restrictions on asylum and the use of parole.


Republicans have called for tougher border controls, blaming the crisis on the Biden administration’s rollback of Trump-era policies, increased use of “catch and release” and narrowing the scope of domestic enforcement.

“The crisis at our southern border is reverberating in cities and towns across the United States,” Sessions said in a statement. “Violent crime, drug trafficking, and human trafficking are now a daily reality in communities where such illicit activity was previously rare. While we cannot directly attribute the rise in crime to illegal immigration, Congress needs data to fully understand the impact of President Biden’s open borders.” “Enabling illegal activity,” he said.

“This update to the 2018 GAO report will provide this necessary information,” he said.

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