A few points first; one, walls work- historical and present-day examples prove it. Two, our leaders have gone on selling our sovereignty to other nations for so long that we need to make a clear gesture of self-determination- and a wall fits the bill. And finally, we need something to keep corrupt Democrats out once we exile them. Just kidding.
All of that sounds fairly tongue in cheek, but when you look at what we’re getting from Mexico, and what they have in store for us still, the laughter drops off rather quickly.
In 2018, the murder rate in Mexico increased by 33%. That breaks their all-time murder rate for the second year in a row. In other words, things are becoming very violent, very fast south of our southern border. More than 33,340 murder investigations were opened in 2018 alone, up from 25,035 in 2017.
Things are deteriorating rapidly in Mexico and part of the reason is the fact that drug cartels are- in many cases- better funded, and more powerful than law enforcement agencies. Worse, Mexican law enforcement is infamous for corruption- extorting local populations more than deterring crime.
As a nation, Mexico has struggled with the problem of violence for decades. Its government has struggled against brutal cartels, which can only be stopped by assassinating their leaders. Often times, this is only possible after a drawn out and bloody war. Other times, law enforcement agencies lose man after man in strings of failed infiltration attempts. The cartels practically own large portions of the landscape where law enforcement is underfunded, outgunned, and poorly motivated to fight criminal activity.
The new Mexican president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, took office in December of 2018 and has his hands full already. He has promised to tackle the problem of the cartels and gang violence using a new approach. During his six-year stint in office, Mexico’s former president, Enrique Pena Nieto oversaw a 40% increase in murder rates. The state of Guanajuato is the most violent of Mexico’s 32 states and saw more than 3,200 murder investigations open in 2018. That’s three times the rate of the previous year, during which just 1,084 murder investigations were started.
While violent crime in the United States has been steadily declining since the late 90s, crime by illegal immigrants is an ongoing problem. Much of this is due to the fact that the current state of our southern neighbor makes it a breeding ground for hardened criminals. That being the case, it is inevitable that some of this crime will leak into our country.
The attraction is exacerbated by the good nature inherent to our culture, our resistance to race-based profiling, and our many generous government assistance programs. All of the available evidence indicates that illegal immigrants commit proportionally more crime than native citizens. It stands to reason. Desperation drives crime of all kinds, and criminal tendencies make a person more likely to cross a border illegally.
Between 2014 and 2018, more than 50% of all federal crimes took place within 50 miles of the Mexican border. Of course, that does not mean all of those crimes were committed by illegal Mexican immigrants, but nearly fifty percent of them were.
In 2014 Judicial Watch wrote, “Of the 61,529 criminal cases initiated by federal prosecutors last fiscal year, more than 40%—or 24,746—were filed in court districts neighboring the Mexican border. This includes Arizona, New Mexico, Southern California, Western Texas and Southern Texas. The two Texas districts each had more than double the convictions of all four federal court districts in the state of New York combined, according to the DOJ report. The Western Texas District had the nation’s heaviest crime flow, with 6,341 cases filed by the feds. In Southern Texas 6,130 cases were filed, 4,848 in Southern California, 3,889 in New Mexico and 3,538 in Arizona.”
Judicial Watch continued, “Not surprisingly, most of the offenses were immigration related. In fact, 38.6% of all federal cases (23,744) filed last year involved immigration, the DOJ report confirms. Nearly 22% (13,383) were drug related, 19.7% (12,123) were violent crimes and 10.2% (6,300) involved white-collar offenses that include a full range of frauds committed by business and government professionals. This is hardly earth-shattering news in fact, the nation’s southern border region has for years been known for its high crime rate compared to the rest of the country.”
The evidence is voluminous, despite the fact that state and federal agencies keep the relevant data from the public. But it is clear that they are not sending us their best.