On Thursday, several friends of immigration enforcement, including Congressmen Steve King and Walter Jones along with representatives from the FIRE Coalition and Immigration Tea Party, held a press conference near the capitol to draw attention to the crime victims of illegal aliens.
One proposal is to establish a National Day of Remembrance for those victims to occur on November 6, the anniversary of the IRCA amnesty (25 years coming up).
A related issue is legislation requiring comprehensive statistics on illegal alien crime from federal and local governments, something that has been sorely lacking (HR 3168, the Illegal Alien Crime Reporting Act of 2011).
Rep. Steve King has done some great work, including requesting a GAO report on illegal alien crime, which should be required reading for anyone concerned with the issue: CRIMINAL ALIEN STATISTICS, March 2011.
Congressman King’s statement at the presser was both informative and heartfelt about the victims. He emphasized the point that illegal alien crime is preventable crime.
The point is that open borders are a welcome mat to the criminals of the world who see the United States as a full refrigerator of felony opportunity. Sanctuary cities provide protection to foreign criminals that domestic thugs would love to have.
In addition there are cultural issues, particularly around drunk driving, which is considered to be desirably macho behavior among Hispanics. Even NPR admits that “Latinos are responsible for a disproportionate number of DWI arrests and alcohol-related car accidents.” The deaths resulting from drunk driving illegal aliens continues to accumulate, but DHS and many local law enforcement agencies continue to treat the crime casually.
Here is the statement on Congressman King’s website:
Washington D.C.- Washington D.C.- Congressman King (R-IA) joined the FIRE Coalition and the Tea Party Immigration Coalition this morning to recognize the victims who have lost their lives because of the criminal acts of illegal aliens. Since 1955, there have been 25,065 homicide arrests of criminal aliens in the United States, and King’s resolution aims to honor and mourn these preventable deaths.
“These are real human stories, there’s real pain and real agony going on on a daily basis in the United States of America, and we treat it as if it’s just some kind of tolerable interruption of our lives. It’s not. It’s an interruption of innocent lives that takes place because we have an administration that refuses to enforce immigration law.”