The Consequences of an Unsecured Border: Crime Without Limits

The Effects of Illegal Immigration: A Closer Look at Crime in America

By James Varney and Abigail Degnan for RealClearInvestigations

President Biden faced criticism for referring to the man who allegedly murdered Georgia co-ed Laken Reilly as “illegal.” This incident shed light on the ongoing debate surrounding the term “illegal immigrant” in American politics.

While there is a progressive push to use terms like “undocumented” or “unauthorized” to describe border crossers, the issue of crime associated with illegal immigration cannot be ignored. The influx of migrants since Biden took office has been accompanied by various criminal activities, including drug smuggling, human trafficking, child labor violations, and more.

Criminologists note that crimes related to illegal immigration can be difficult to quantify, as much of the activity takes place in the shadowy world of black markets. The surge in immigration under the Biden administration has led to an increase in crime, though the exact extent remains unknown.

Many migrants find themselves involved in criminal activities due to their circumstances, such as living without proper documentation, working illicitly, or turning to black markets for essential services. The criminal networks that facilitate illegal immigration exploit vulnerable migrants, forcing them into debt bondage, servitude, or even trafficking.

The criminal activities associated with migration begin south of the border, where vulnerable individuals are preyed upon by smugglers and criminal organizations. The journey from Central America to the U.S. border is perilous, resulting in violence, abuse, and exploitation for many migrants.

In the U.S., the impact of illegal immigration is felt nationwide. Crimes such as human trafficking, child labor violations, and identity theft have risen in recent years. The lack of cooperation between sanctuary jurisdictions and federal immigration agencies makes it challenging to track and address these crimes effectively.

The influx of illegal immigrants has also led to an increase in drug-related crimes, such as the trafficking of fentanyl. Law enforcement agencies have struggled to intercept the flow of narcotics across the border, raising concerns about public safety and national security.

Despite claims that immigrants commit crimes at lower rates than native-born Americans, the reality is more complex. While some studies suggest lower crime rates among immigrants, others argue that the data is incomplete and fails to capture the full extent of criminal activity.

Border Patrol agents report that many illegal border crossers surrender themselves quickly, knowing they are likely to be released into the country pending a court hearing. This policy allows individuals with criminal backgrounds to enter the U.S. undetected, leading to an increase in crimes committed by immigrants.

The tragic murder of Laken Reilly by an illegal immigrant has sparked national outrage and raised questions about border security and immigration policy. Advocates for strict immigration enforcement argue that stronger border controls could prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

The ongoing debate over the impact of illegal immigration on crime in America remains contentious. As policymakers grapple with complex issues surrounding border security and immigration enforcement, the need for data-driven solutions and evidence-based policies is more critical than ever.