As required through an executive order signed by President Donald Trump, the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security released a report Thursday detailing the number of foreign-born inmates currently incarcerated in the U.S. federal prison system.
According to the Alien Incarceration Report, 20 percent of inmates in federal prisons were born in countries other than the United States, the majority of whom are illegal aliens.
At the end of fiscal year 2017, a total of 58,766 known or suspected aliens were in DOJ custody. Of that total, 37,557 inmates had been confirmed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be illegal aliens, while 21,209 foreign-born inmates were still under investigation by ICE to determine their origin.
The report noted, “Among the 37,557 confirmed aliens, 35,334 people (94 percent) were unlawfully present.”
The report did not include data on the origin of inmates in state prisons or local jails due to the fact that such facilities do not routinely provide DHS or DOJ with comprehensive information regarding their inmates and detainees.
“This limitation is noteworthy because state and local facilities account for approximately 90 percent of the total U.S. incarcerated population,” the report noted.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions remarked on the report, saying, “The American people deserve a lawful system of immigration that serves the national interest. But at the border and in communities across America, our citizens are being victimized by illegal aliens who commit crimes. Nearly 95 percent of confirmed aliens in our federal prisons are here illegally. We know based on sentencing data that non-citizens commit a substantially disproportionate number of drug-related offenses, which contributes to our national drug abuse crisis.”
Sessions added, “The simple fact is that any offense committed by a criminal alien is ultimately preventable. One victim is too many. It’s time for Congress to enact the President’s immigration reform agenda so that we start welcoming the best and brightest while turning away drug dealers, gang members, and other criminals.”
The incarceration of illegal aliens costs American taxpayers nearly $2 billion each year.
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