I'm not exactly sure what this report says about our justice system. On one hand, at least there are arrests being made. On the other hand, would a lot of those arrests need to be made in the first place if lawmakers didn't block authorities from doing their job not only in their respective cities, but along the border?
According to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release about a Bureau of Justice Statistics report (BJS) released last week, there were more federal arrests of "Mexican citizens" than "U.S. citizens" in 2018. It actually wasn't very close if you include Central Americans who were also federally arrested.
The BJS reported:
The country of citizenship of persons arrested by federal law enforcement changed notably over time. From 1998 to 2018, Mexican citizens’ share of federal arrests rose from 28% to 40%. Citizens of Central American countries’ share of federal arrests rose from 1% to 20% during the same period, while U.S. citizens’ share of federal arrests fell from 63% to 36%. Federal arrests of Central Americans rose more than 30-fold over two decades, from 1,171 in 1998 to 39,858 in 2018. The number of federal arrests of Mexican citizens (78,062) exceeded the number of federal arrests of U.S. citizens (70,542) in 2018.
Besides the obvious head-shaking statistic of Mexican citizen federal arrests, one other number that should be getting increasing attention is the percentage federal arrests that citizens of Central American countries represent.
"Federal arrests of Central Americans rose more than 30-fold over two decades, from 1,171 in 1998 to 39,858 in 2018."
Think about that. If you take into account both Central Americans and Mexicans that were arrested on the federal level in 2018, they combined to make up 60 percent of federal arrests. The fact that U.S. citizens only made up 36 percent of the people arrested on a federal level, in the U.S. in 2018, is insane.
Whatever the federal government decides to do regarding border security, it's clear that something more needs to be done than is being done currently.