From time to time I come across a timely bit of information. Timely in the sense that it bears on a contemporary topic of interest, and perhaps even reminds us of the kind of universal truths about human nature we are prone to forget or more or less purposely overlook. Like this one, via Hot air:
41.7% of all Federal criminal charges come from 5 districts that are on the US southern border. In one district, West Texas, the US attorney filed 5,832 cases. That’s more than all the cases filed for the entire length of the US norther border (5,257). The southern district of Texas ranked 2nd, followed by Arizona, New Mexico and Southern California.
‘In addition to criminal cases brought before United States district judges, the United States Attorneys also handle a considerable criminal caseload before United States magistrate judges,’ explained the U.S. attorneys’ statistical report for fiscal 2013. ‘The utilization of magistrate judges varies from district to district in response to local conditions and changing caseloads.’
‘Magistrate judges are authorized by statute to perform a variety of duties as assigned by the United States district judges, including presiding over misdemeanor trials, conducting preliminary hearings, and entering rulings or recommended dispositions on pretrial motions,’ said the report.
In fiscal 2014, according to the Table 2B, 67,401 criminal defendants were determined to be guilty in magistrate proceedings. Of those, 63,253 — or 93.8 percent — were in the five districts along the U.S.-Mexico border.
And yet this administration has, for its entire tenure, ignored the crisis on the border and even encouraged illegal immigrants to enter the country. While some may buy into the argument that the fault lies with Congress (and, more specifically the GOP) for not passing immigration reform legislation, the problem at the border is a law enforcement problem.
Why yes! I do believe Mr. Obama and his minions have told us, repeatedly, that never in history have so many people been deported and never has the southern border been safer and more under control.
To paraphrase a famous movie line:
Border security? We don’ need no stinking border security!
To find out how Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton destroyed the federal government’s ability to require that local agencies detain illegal, criminal aliens for federal pickup and detention, go here.