Terence P. Jeffrey has crunched the numbers from the U.S. Attorneys' 2014 Statistics Report and reported about it at cnsnews.com in Top 5 Districts for Criminal Cases in U.S. District Court Are on Mexican Border. His findings are troublesome. Excerpt:
Together, the five U.S. attorneys' districts that span the U.S.-Mexico border filed 23,457 criminal cases in U.S. district courts in fiscal 2014. That equaled 41.7 percent of the 56,218 criminal cased that U.S. attorneys nationwide filed in U.S. district courts. ...
That's 41.7% in those five districts. The number dropped to 36.6% for defendants actually found guilty in those five districts. However, in magistrates' proceedings the number of defendants found guilty jumped to 93.8%.
Someone is committing a lot of federal crimes along the border. The Houston Chronicle told us last year that cartel crimes are insignificant this side of the border. So what could it possibly be? Mr. Jeffrey again:
Obviously, the offenses people are convicted of in federal courts are not local crimes but federal ones. According to the statistical report's Table 3A, the top category of offense for those found guilty in U.S. district courts nationwide in fiscal 2014 was immigration offenses. 23,871 defendants nationwide were found guilty of those. 23,387 were found guilty of drug offenses. 12,617 were found guilty of violent crime.
In any case, there's a lot of crime along the border, and unless that was the goal, President Obama's lax border security plan isn't helping.