Local officials in D.C. have seen a surge in gang-related homicides in the past two years, and they think they know why - illegal immigration. They're pleading with the Obama Administration to do their jobs.
After murders in Montgomery County quadrupled from 2014, Police Chief Thomas Manger issued a report stating that the county has seen an unprecedented level of gang-related violence in the last 8 months - with illegal immigrant youth being responsible for 85% of street robberies.
According to Fox5DC:
Local officials said they are facing a crisis and want the federal government to enforce the immigration laws that are already on the books.
Many experts will say it is the Latino communities themselves that are bearing the brunt of this violence and both law enforcement and political leaders in D.C., Maryland and Virginia say the increase gang violence is connected to the wave of unaccompanied minors to the United States.
Corey Stewart, Chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, told Fox 5 that they “warned two to three years ago that this influx over the border of illegal aliens was going to cause an increase in MS-13 and other gang-related crime.”
It’s happening. We are seeing it happen. It is not just in the border towns. It is happening all across America and we are seeing it especially here in Northern Virginia and the D.C. region."
According to a report by the Center for Immigration Studies, ICE released over 19,723 criminal illegal aliens in 2015, who were responsible for a staggering 64,197 convictions - including 8,234 violent convictions, 900 sex crimes and 208 homicides.
But those numbers pale in comparison to the information the Obama Administration has been trying to suppress: their release of 86,000 illegal immigrants who have committed over 231,000 crimes in just the past two and a half years.
A recent report examined the extent of crimes committed by illegal immigrants on the local and state level due to the fact that no federal database was available, and found that a “wildly disproportionate number of murderers, rapists and drug dealers are crossing into the U.S. amid the wave of hard-working families seeking a better life.”
The explosive figures show illegal immigrants are three times as likely to be convicted of murder as members of the general population and account for far more crimes than their 3.5-percent share of the U.S. population would suggest. Critics say it is no accident that local, state and federal governments go to great lengths to keep the data under wraps.
According to former DOJ Attorney J. Christian Adams, there are plenty of reasons officials make it extremely difficult to find illegal immigrant crime statistics, and none of them are good:
"There are a lot of reasons states don’t make this information readily available, and there is no clearinghouse of data at high levels. These numbers would expose how serious the problem is and make the government look bad.
They should have been sent back to their home country instead of being allowed to stay here and have the opportunity to kill Americans.
Unfortunately, illegal immigration shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. The latest numbers from CBP show that by March 31, 2016, there had been a 78% jump in unaccompanied minors illegally crossing the border since 2015, and an increase of 131% of illegal immigrant families surging across the border.