Revealed: Illegal aliens make up more than 11% of inmate population, yet less than 4% of U.S. population


WASHINGTON D.C. – Here are the numbers you probably won’t see on CNN.

There seems to a healthy population of illegal immigrants within the federal prison system when compared to the confirmed United States citizen population, when comparing BOP data related to 2019 and the total number of inmates in federal custody from that same year.

In fact, when crunching the numbers, the federal prison population of illegal aliens is slightly over 11% of the entire inmate population – even though the illegal immigrant population within the United States is estimated between 3.2% to 3.6% of the U.S. population.

By the end of 2019, the total number of inmates housed within the Federal Bureau of Prisons was 175,166 people – that both U.S. citizens and illegal immigrants combined.

Yet, according to the fourth quarter report from the DOJ on “Known or Suspected Aliens in BOP Custody”, there were at least 19,767 criminal illegal immigrants confirmed.

Revealed: Illegal aliens make up more than 11% of inmate population, yet less than 4% of U.S. population
Graphic on known or suspected aliens in BOP custody – DOJ

That’s not even taking into account the 6,120 known foreign nationals “under investigation” whose legal/illegal status in the country had yet to be determined at the time.

So, when bouncing the number off of each other, over 11% of the federal prison population within the BOP at the end of 2019 were criminal illegal immigrants – but certainly, there can’t be an issue with illegal immigration.

And sure, someone could pose the argument that many illegal immigrants were in federal custody because of mere immigration violations. Except – that couldn’t be further form the truth.

When looking at all the  27,494 “known or suspected aliens” from the report – which that data does include the 6,120 known foreign nationals “under investigation”, the 19,767 confirmed criminal illegal immigrants and the 1,607 combined legal immigrants/pending relief beneficiaries – only 8,403 were sitting in prison for solely immigration violations.

But these other charges are pretty substantial:

  • 13,727 were in prison for drug offenses
  • 1,380 were in prison for fraud offenses
  • 1,007 were in prison for racketeering/continuing a criminal enterprise
  • 553 were in for sexual offenses related to obscene materials (i.e. production or distribution of child pornography)
  • 1,086 were in prison for weapons related offenses
Revealed: Illegal aliens make up more than 11% of inmate population, yet less than 4% of U.S. population
Graphic on known or suspected aliens in BOP custody by criminal offense – DOJ

And there were also 969 known or suspected immigrants sitting in prison for a category referred to as “primary offenses”. According to the DOJ report, “primary offenses” fall under any of the following convictions:

“Kidnapping, murder, larceny, terrorism, escape, bribery and extortion, rape, and other offenses.”

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Of course, the only reason why “primary offenses” are so low within the BO prison population is because most of those offenses are prosecuted at the state-level as opposed to the federal level.

But then just look at the numbers related to the U.S. Marshals. Back in the fourth quarter of 2019, the USMS held a total of 63,725 people in their custody.

Out of that number, 23,580 of them were “known or suspected” foreign nationals with 10,296 of them having been confirmed as ordered removed from the country. Also, 12,188 of that over 23K were under investigation to determine whether they were lawfully present in the country or not.

Revealed: Illegal aliens make up more than 11% of inmate population, yet less than 4% of U.S. population
Graphic on known or suspected aliens in USMS custody – DOJ

Keep in mind – the USMS primarily focus on apprehending federal fugitives and 37% of those who were in their custody in late 2019 all happened to be “known or suspected” foreign nationals – which over 43% of those in custody at the time were ordered removed from the country.

It’s almost as though there seems to be a severe problem with immigration within the United States, as these numbers showcase a correlation between unlawful presence in the country and criminal activity.

Not to mention, the bloating of the prison population that this incurs and thus costs money to American taxpayers.

But remember, it’s bad form these days to critique immigration policies that do or do not get enforced – lest someone aspires to be labeled a bigot.

Feds arrest more than 170 illegal immigrants in Democrat-run sanctuary cities, including convicted sex offenders

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement launched Operation Rise from October 3rd through October 9th.  The intent of the operation was to locate illegal aliens in sanctuary cities and have them deported out of the country. 

In large part, the operation was a success as they were able to take more than 170 illegal aliens into custody.

Operation Wise focused on known sanctuary cities, such as: Denver, Colorado, Seattle, Washington, Washington, D.C., New York City, New York, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Baltimore, Maryland.

The illegal aliens which ICE targeted were those who were subject to deportation from the United States because of their arrests for crimes.  However, because they were in sanctuary cities, ICE detainers were not honored, and they were released back into the communities.

ICE reports that over 80% of the illegal aliens that were arrested during the course of this operation had criminal convictions or pending criminal charges at the time of arrest.  Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf reported:

“Last fiscal year, 86 percent of people arrested by ICE had criminal convictions or pending charges.  ICE focuses its resources on those who pose the greatest threat to public safety.  The men and women of ICE put their lives on the line every day to keep these individuals off the streets.

“The Department will continue to carry out lawful enforcement actions in order to keep our communities safe, regardless of whether or not we have cooperation from state and local officials.  Politics will not come before safety when enforcing the law and keeping our citizens safe.”

Tony Pham, the ICE Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director said:

“ICE continues to protect communities by taking criminal aliens off the streets regardless of any locality’s cooperation policies – which is part of our Congressionally mandated mission.

“Officers and agents of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are sworn federal law enforcement officers who enforce U.S. immigration laws created by Congress to keep this country safe.”

During the operation, ICE:

“identified, targeted and arrested multiple criminal aliens who were previously released from local and state law enforcement custody despite have lawful immigration detainers lodged with local law enforcement officials.” 

ICE reports that in the city of New York, they arrested almost 50 people who were illegally in the United States and had significant criminal histories.  Some of these charges were sexual assault, sex-crimes, DUI, assault, robbery, larceny, and family neglect.

One of the people ICE highlighted that was arrested throughout the operation, although not named, was a man who had a criminal history of felony forgery, identity theft, and driving without a license. 

He had three detainers that had been placed on him after he had previously been deported back to his native Mexico in 2013.  However, the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail refused to honor them.

Another one, another citizen of Mexico, had convictions for reentering the US illegally.  He also had convictions for felony menacing-real/simulated weapons, child abuse and violation of bond conditions. 

A citizen of Panama who was arrested on October 8th in the Bronx, New York, had a 2010 conviction of sexual conduct against a child in the second degree.

A man from Peru was arrested on October 8th in Astoria, New York.  He was convicted in court for committing a criminal sex act in the 3rd degree with a child younger than 17.

And the last they highlighted, a man from Guatemala who was arrested in Seattle on October 8th.  This man had recently been arrested by the Renton Police Department for commercial sex abuse of a minor.  However, he was released from custody prior to ICE being able to hold him.

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‘California Values Act’ allows criminal illegal immigrants to avoid ICE custody and deportation

September 29, 2020 – LOS ANGELES, CA – On Thursday the 24th, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency issued a press release to raise awareness of the danger posed by California’s “sanctuary state” policies. 

According to the release, state and local policies in California have resulted in the release of dangerous criminal aliens to the streets. The criminals in question have been convicted of felonies including homicide, kidnapping, rape, child molestation, battery, robbery, and terroristic threats.

The Los Angeles Times doesn’t think the problem is that bad.

In an article published in 2018, they argue that the California Values Act (SB 54), also known as the Sanctuary State law, does not cause criminal aliens to be released into the population.

On the contrary, it specifically prevents that from happening by exempting certain illegal aliens from protection if they have been charged with, or been found guilty of, any of a long list of felony crimes.

The American Civil Liberties Union has an information page on their local southern California website. It is helpfully available in English and Spanish. The page doesn’t say that SB 54 will allow criminal aliens to escape jail and deportation. Instead, it tells them how they can use SB 54 to accomplish it for themselves.

The ACLU page is directed at criminal aliens. There are quite a few “rights” that come with SB 54 protection, all of which treat illegal entry into the United States as a non-crime. “Therefore”, the law seems to say, “law enforcement resources cannot be used in any way to assist ICE in the furtherance of their duties.”

To understand the details of SB 54 better, the Immigration Legal Resource Center (ILRC) explains how SB 54 can be used by criminal defense attorneys to protect their criminal alien clients from lawful attention from ICE.

In their overview, they state that SB 54 is designed to “curtail the role of state and local police agencies in federal immigration enforcement”.

Later paragraphs make it clear that SB 54 absolutely prohibits cooperation between law enforcement and ICE officials in most circumstances.

There are a few exceptions where local law enforcement may cooperate with ICE by retaining custody of the alien, or providing information on release dates, providing the alien has been found guilty of felony crimes.

However, there is a huge exception to this: SB54 is the governing law in the state of California unless local statutes offer more protection to criminal aliens than SB 54. In those jurisdictions, such as Santa Clara and San Francisco, local laws govern.

In those places, and they are two of the largest counties in the state of California, criminal aliens may find themselves totally immune from ICE attention due to an absolute prohibition against law enforcement cooperation with ICE.

The LA Times reading of the law conveniently overlooks some of the glaring loopholes within SB 54 (such as San Francisco) to imply that it “does not allow the release of dangerous criminals to the streets.” They seem to think that dangerous criminals who must be released from jail are no longer dangerous criminals  or of interest to law enforcement or ICE simply because they’ve been released.

The LA Times understanding of SB 54 is superficial.

We know this because the ICE press release details many criminal aliens who have committed serious felonies and been “released to the streets” where they reoffended. Maybe they are all from San Francisco and Santa Clara?

Regardless, the people are not made safer when the following people are released from police custody directly to the street:

–a 40-year-old illegal alien from El Salvador was released back into the community on August 26 after having been convicted of homicide, robbery, and terrorist threats.

–a 34-year-old illegal alien from Mexico who was released on August 23 by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office after having been charged for allegedly molesting a child, as well as for lewd and lascivious acts.

— a 55-year-old illegal alien from Honduras was released last month after having been previously deported following charges that he had sex with a minor.

And many more.

How many more?

ICE official Timothy Robbins testified before congress that prior to the state’s sanctuary laws, LA County police turned over between 75-100 criminal illegal aliens every day. Now, the number is “almost zero”. That is quite a change, and it only represents one city. 

Maybe the citizens of Los Angeles and other parts of California don’t mind having that many criminals released to circulate among them as they seek out new victims. It wouldn’t be a complete surprise, however, if some residents did object.

Federal immigration laws are enacted to protect the constitutional rights of United States citizens. If a state enacts legislation designed to frustrate enforcement of immigration laws, they become more than just a “sanctuary” for illegal aliens.

They also become a gateway to the rest of the country because there are no intra-state immigration checkpoints. This means that California isn’t limiting the scope of their decisions to California. They are deciding for the nation as a whole, even for states that have explicitly rejected the idea of sanctuary cities and states, like Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Texas.

Any criminal alien apprehended in the state of California and then released despite an ICE detainer, is free to travel to any other state in the country, even Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, or Texas.

Instead of being deported to their home country, as ICE would do, America at large is treated to a crime wave instigated by faithless elected officials who assuage their collective consciences by endangering not only themselves, but the rest of the country as well.

If California can vote to release murderers to the street by refusing to turn them over to ICE, can Texans vote California officials out of office? What about Nevada? Could Nevadans vote to create a huge aqueduct on the border with California that would redirect water to their own state? 

State’s may have sovereignty over some things but they definitely don’t have authority over others. For instance, they cannot mint their own currency.

Why then, are they allowed to release a plague of crime into their own state, thus creating the potential for overflow into other states?

Unless states can police their own borders, and do, they should not be allowed to pass sanctuary laws that cannot contain the effect to their own state.

The danger posed by SB 54 is so serious and suicidal that it reeks of a low-grade sci-fi thriller made in Hollywood. Maybe that’s what it is.

Maybe the lawmakers of California have so totally lost their grip on reality that they’ve decided to treat their state to some interesting plot twists.


At least that explanation has the benefit of being more logical than “protecting” the “innocent” by creating opportunities for violent criminals to prey on law-abiding citizens.


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