How Illegal Immigration Affects Washington State and the Rest of the Country
As many of you know, I live in Seattle, one of the cities that has voted to boycott Arizona (when convenient to its own interests) based upon Arizona’s highly “racist” immigration law, popularly titled SB 1070, though there is actually a later version of the bill that corrects many of the objections raised as to the original wording.
I won’t go through the entire process of explaining the ins and outs of the law, or how it compares to federal law. You can click on the “Arizona Immigration Law” category in the sidebar for a history of the issue as it exists on this blog.
Last week, I heard reports of violent crime in my hometown. A woman was raped by an illegal alien. I decided to look into the matter and found an article on the FoxNews.com blogs, by Dan Springer. (Read the full article here.)
Not only was the report of the rape true, but there were two other instances of violent crime, committed by two completely different illegal aliens, in the same period of time.
Here are some other quick stats from Mr. Springer’s article.
- In each of the three instances listed, the perpetrator of the crime was a Mexican citizen who had been deported from the US multiple times and regained access to the country, probably not through legal means.
- WA ranks 11th in the nation in illegal immigrants, with an estimated 150,000.
- Illegal immigrants make up 2% of the state population, and 4.5% of the prison population.
- More than half of the people on the WA State Patrol’s most wanted list are suspected illegal aliens.
- 30-40% of the 50,000 current felony warrants in WA are for presumed illegal aliens.
- These people aren’t wanted for drug smuggling or drug related violence. Most are wanted for vehicular homicide.
Not all of the illegal aliens on the most wanted list are Hispanic. Just most of them. It’s unclear, from the article, where the rest of them are from and how they entered the country.
I can only suppose other states have similar horror stories to tell.
This is not a post about those awful Mexicans. Most of the Hispanics I know, and the Mexicans specifically, are truly wonderful, warm, hardworking people who entered the country legally and break no laws. They deserve to be here. This is a post about those awful, violent criminals and how they should go back where they came from because we already have enough of our own to deal with.
I’m writing this at 2:00 AM because of my last post, which started off as a comment on Facebook and got out of hand. A friend responded. It is her opinion that much of the violence experienced in Southern states is a result of marijuana smuggling into the United States. Her point of view? Legalize marijuana and remove the prohibition-like hold the drug cartels have on the market. I couldn’t agree more.
However, even in a perfect scenario where this was accomplished and all drug trafficking and related violence ceased, this would not solve the problem. If the statistics cited above weren’t proof enough, here’s some further evidence.
1) Human Trafficking
According to LibertadLatina.org, Mexico is the second largest provider of human trafficking victims to the US.
“Between 16 and 20 thousand boys and girls are victims of sexual exploitation in Mexico each year. As a result, Mexico has become the second largest provider of human trafficking victims to the United States, according to congressional deputy Cora Pinedo Alonso of the New Aliance Party.”
These statistics are elaborated upon by SA Cicero – Dominguez 2005 (PDF file)
“Many victims are Mexican children internally trafficked for
commercial sexual exploitation. According to the Report, 16,000-20,000 Mexican and
Central American children are estimated to be sex victims in Mexico, and to be located
primarily in border, urban, and tourist areas. Women, a significant number of whom are
ultimately sent to the United States, are also trafficked into the Mexican sex trade.
Although most victims are Mexican and Central American, many also originate from the
Caribbean, South America, Asia, and Eastern Europe.51 Mexican and Central American
agricultural workers are also victims of forced labor trafficking from Mexico to the U.S.,
but unfortunately there are no official figures on such trafficking victims or exploited
2) Migrant Smuggling
Smuggling is different than trafficking in that the people smuggled give consent; they’re trying to migrate. Often, they are preyed upon by people known as “coyotes,” who charge very high prices to get people across the border illegally. From Wikipedia:
“Because of the clandestine nature of people smuggling operations, information currently available is scattered and incomplete. As such, verifiable or even reliable figures are difficult it not impossible to come by, and the data on the number of smuggled individuals is tenuous at best. However, as of 2005, it was estimated that upwards of 350,000 illegal immigrants are smuggled across America’s border from Mexico each year, and as many as 800,000 enter the European Union.”
3) OTMs – Other Than Mexicans
While most of the immigrants who cross the Southern US border illegally are Mexican, those from other countries are loosely categorized as OTMs, or “Other Than Mexicans.”
From the Digital Journal:
“In 2005 alone, 1.2 million illegal aliens were apprehended, and of those, 165,000 were from countries other than Mexico. Approximately 650 were from “special interest countries”, nations designated by the intelligence community as “countries that could export individuals that could bring harm to our country in the way of terrorism”. This information is documented in a 2006 congressional report titled “A Line in the Sand: Confronting the Threat at the Southwest Border” and prepared by the House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Investigations.”
And here is a video report by a local Atlanta news station:
So, yes, stopping the marijuana smuggling cartels cross into the US from Mexico is very important, but securing the border is much more so.
The illegal immigration problem isn’t simply an Arizona problem. It’s not a Southern state problem, and it’s not a Mexican or Hispanic problem. It’s a dangerous criminal problem. Aside from the drugs and drug related violence, criminals of all types and nationalities utilize the porous border between the US and Mexico to infiltrate this country. And they wind up just about everywhere, even in the so-called “Sanctuary City” of Seattle.
It’s time to do something about it. It’s time to secure the border.