Friday, January 19, 2018

STUDY: Dreamer-Age Immigrants More Likely To Commit Violent Crimes

Posted on January 15, 2018 by Paul Mirengoff in Immigration

Daniel Horowitz reports on a new study by criminologist John Lott. It finds that illegal aliens commit crimes at a disproportionate rate relative to their share of the population. Lott’s study is based on data from the state of Arizona. His team examined data on all prisoners who entered the Arizona state prison from January 1985 through June 2017.

Of particular interest, given the current debate over DACA, is this finding:

While undocumented immigrants from 15 to 35 years of age make up slightly over 2 percent of the Arizona population, they make up almost 8 percent of the prison population. Even after adjusting for the fact that young people commit crime at higher rates, young undocumented immigrants commit crime at twice the rate of young U.S. citizens. These undocumented immigrants also tend to commit more serious crimes.

Thus, Lott observes:

Unfortunately, if the goal of DACA is to give citizenship to a particularly law-abiding group of undocumented immigrants, it is accomplishing the opposite of what was intended. DACA age eligible undocumented immigrants are 250% more likely to be convicted of crimes than their share of the population. Those too old for DACA status are convicted at a relatively low rate (45.7% more than their share of the Arizona population.

What about the illegal immigrant population as a whole? Lott found they are more likely than non-illegals to be convicted of serious violent crimes: 163 percent more likely for first-degree murder; 168 percent more likely for second-degree murder; and 189.6 percent more likely for manslaughter.

In addition, illegal immigrants in Arizona are more likely than non-illegals to commit sexual offenses against minors, sexual assault, drunk driving, kidnapping, and armed robbery, according to Lott’s study.

DACA advocates note that dreamers with criminal records will not receive amnesty. But many crimes do not result in arrest and conviction, and it may very well be that a disproportionate share of crimes committed by illegal immigrants within their communities go unreported, partly because the victims sometimes are here illegally. Thus, it matters for the current DACA debate if the Dreamer-age population is particularly prone to criminality.

Moreover, Horowitz points out that Obama’s DACA program tried to avoid scrutinizing juvenile records. Of the current DACA-fix bills, only Rep. Goodlatte’s would open up juvenile records.

This state of affairs renders worrisome another of Lott’s findings. Illegal immigrant criminals tend to go to jail at an earlier age than non-immigrant criminals, and therefore are released at a younger age (despite having committed more serious crimes).

Lott’s general findings are consistent with data released by the Department of Justice showing that of those convicted of non-immigration federal crimes between 2011 and 2016, 21.4 percent were not U.S. citizens. By comparison, non-citizens are 8.4 percent of the adult population.

Milton Friedman once said of John Lott, he “has few equals as a perceptive analyst of controversial public policy issues.” Congress should take Lott’s study into account as it considers what to do about the DACA population.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Looking For A Few Good Men

A society that won’t let boys be boys will pay a price in the end.

By Angela Rocco DeCarlo
When my three sons were growing up, I imagined their future wives would be grateful to me. I raised my boys to cook for themselves, wash their own clothes, type and do everything I then thought necessary to lead a civilized life. Hilarious. I actually could picture those darling little girls lining up to thank me. Probably because I had wanted daughters. Now that my boys are grown, let me tell you: God knew what he was doing sending a gang of brothers. They’re easier and less expensive to dress.

The world needs good men. Yet these days there isn’t much appetite for allowing boys the full exercise of their interests. Most boys don’t want etiquette lessons. They want to go camping, learn to survive in the forest and do other adventuresome things. Luckily an all-male enterprise existed—the Boy Scouts—whose function was to help boys become competent men. Now they are opening the ranks to girls.

Even the military has apparently succumbed to the fashionable idea that there are no differences between the sexes. In some places they’re taking it further. California, where I live, now offers birth certificates with a third option, neither boy nor girl. They call it “nonbinary.”I’m worried. I’m not “concerned,” which has supplanted the more honest term. I’m worried. How could Americans, the vast majority of whom surely don’t adhere to these notions, have allowed things to get so irrational?

The world needs strong men. Without them, who will protect the “village” from enemies? Years ago our cousin’s little boy wanted to wear nothing but military gear. At family parties he ran around in his camouflage and helmet having a grand time. Today he’s a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army—a good man serving his country.

My friend married a man with artistic talent. But developing it always came second to being a good husband and providing for the family. Only now that he’s retired from his retail career is he winning prizes at local art shows with his beautiful paintings.

It is wonderful that women today have so many opportunities to do and be what they want, and no one gets fired by nuns from a teaching job, as I was, for being married and three months pregnant. Even pregnant students are safe from dismissal. But why must we pretend that men and women are the same or that masculinity is the problem?

As part of a September forum on the First Amendment, teachers at York High School in Elmhurst, Ill., displayed an American flag on the floor of the school library. They said they wanted to teach students to deal with their feelings about the national anthem protests in pro football. Local veterans visited the school and respectfully scooped up the abused flag. That’s what good men do.

Maybe all the bad sexual behavior coming to light will remind people how much we need decent men. This is a country with a history of brave, talented and good men. Let them be men.

Ms. DeCarlo formerly covered culture, travel and entertainment for the Chicago Tribune and the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Flipping Blue States To Red

Reading tea leaves to claim Democratic victories in states is shortsighted.

By Matthew Walter - - Tuesday, January 2, 2018


Lost in the Democratic, media driven catharsis of what happened in state legislative races in Virginia this week, and last November, is the series of recent Republican victories in places as cobalt blue as Massachusetts in recent weeks. Even this week, Republicans won a special election outside Tampa, where Democrats hold a higher registration advantage.

With state legislative Republicans at all-time highs after the 2016 elections, the political goalposts have moved so far to the right (nearly 1000 state legislative seats flipped to Republican under President Obama), there should be plenty of opportunities for Democrats to reclaim momentum, and they haven’t. In the last quarter of 2017, it has been Republicans flipping blue seats to red — three of them in the bluest states in the country. With better candidates, now backed by a solid tax reform package, Republicans will continue to win in blue areas in 2018.

The Democrats, and their allies on shows like “Morning Joe,” suggest that what has happened in Virginia alone is the beginning of something bigger. All that happened in Virginia is that a blue state voted blue. It has been three election cycles since Republicans won their only statewide seat of the Obama-era in Virginia.

Liberal and progressive interests spent over $13 million in Virginia, three times what Democrat-affiliated groups collectively spent in the last gubernatorial cycle, but Republicans hold two state legislative districts won by Hillary Clinton while Democrats hold only one district won by President Trump. In 2017, the liberals outspent the GOP almost three-to-one, something they cannot sustain doing in thousands of state legislative races in 2018. The Democrats spent all of those resources just to reclaim Democrat-blue areas, and effectively crawl back to neutral.

In New Jersey, Republican Sen.-Elect Chris Brown flipped a seat Democrats have held since before Mr. Obama’s 2008 election. Mr. Obama won the district by more than 21 percent in 2012 and Hillary won it by double digits last year. In 2017, Mr. Brown over-performed the Republican candidate for Governor by more than 15 percent on the same ballot to win comfortably.

In Mississippi, conservative Neil Whaley flipped the seat of the former Democratic Minority Leader in a runoff election less than a month ago to expand the Republican supermajority.

Republican Dean Tran, flipped a state senate seat in Massachusetts that had been Democratic since 1974. Both President Obama and Hillary Clinton carried this district in recent presidential elections. Mr. Tran will also become the only Vietnamese-American in the Massachusetts legislature and marks the 11th newly elected Republican state legislator this year identified through either the Republican State Leadership Committee’s Future Majority Project, which supports candidates from diverse communities like Mr. Tran, or the Right Women, Right Now initiative that supports new female Republican candidates for office.

 State-level politics are different than their federal brethren. Republicans won 41 special state legislative elections in 2017. They currently control 67 of 99 state legislative chambers, 26 overall state governments in totality; while Democrats only control 7 state governments in totality.

While the map does not look good for Democrats in 2018, their threat is real, and their willingness to spend at a record pace is real. Groups led by Eric Holder and his liberal allies are raising more money and attacking pro-growth policies and individual liberties at an alarming rate. But misreading the tea leaves in 2017 blue state election results may make a nice liberal talking point, but it is misleading and wrong.

 • Matthew Walter is president of the Republican State Leadership Committee.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Trump DOJ Opens Door To NEW Clinton Scandal Investigation

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered the Justice Department to investigate the Uranium One deal — the Hillary Clinton scandal where, during her term as Secretary of State, a Russian energy company wound up with control of 20 percent of U.S. uranium.

The Department of Justice will interview multiple FBI agents, to get to the bottom of this burgeoning controversy. That fulfills a promise the DOJ had made to Congress last month.

If the DOJ decides there’s enough questionable behavior, they would likely appoint a special counsel to dig deeper — à la Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

If a special counsel were, in fact, appointed to investigate, it could be a significant headache for the Clintons.

In 2010, the Obama Administration approved the transaction that sold strategic U.S. uranium mining facilities to a Russian company, Uranium One.

Hillary was just one of nine agency heads who okayed the controversial sale — but her conduct raised eyebrows when press reports revealed that key players in the deal from Russia had contributed millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation soon after. Former President Bill Clinton was subsequently paid $500,000 to deliver a speech in Moscow to a Russian investment bank that was involved in the transaction.

Hillary has denied any improper conduct over the Uranium One scandal — but, now that the Justice Department is beginning to dig deeper, the truth may finally come out.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Hillary - Money Laundering, Using State Chapters, Revealed In Investigation

FEC Filing: Hillary Stuffed Her Campaign Purse With Illegal State Money

By Andrew West December 19, 2017
We are well removed from last year’s unbelievable presidential election, but that hasn’t stopped a number of revelations regarding the true nature of Hillary Clinton’s corruption to come to light.

The former First Lady was a shoe-in for the Oval Office if you asked anyone in the democratic party.  Not only had she been completely embedded in the crooked Washington cabal for decades, but her novelty as a major party female candidate was something that the Barack Obama voters could count on, (seeing as “novelty” was as much a part of his success as could be).  All Hillary had to do, according to her liberal mob, was not stumble over her words, fall ill, or get caught doing something highly suspect.

Not only was Clinton a complete mess on the campaign trail, needing help up and down even the slightest of stairs, but her fainting episode on September 11 in New York City demonstrated to the world that this lifelong criminal wasn’t physically up for the job.

Then came the realization that Clinton, like many of the democrats who had come before her, was corrupt to the core.  The DNC and the Clinton campaign were found to have openly colluded with one another in order to stifle the chances of democratic candidate Bernie Sanders – a move that would forever fracture the already-doomed party.
Now, even more evidence of Clinton’s incorrigible behavior is coming to the surface, and this time it could land the former Secretary of State in the clink.

“A new legal complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission alleges that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee used state chapters as strawmen to circumvent campaign donation limits and laundered the money back to her campaign.
“The Committee to Defend the President, a political action committee, filed its complaint with the FEC on Monday with the allegations that the Hillary Victory Fund (HVF) solicited cash from big-name donors, including Calvin Klein and “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane — money that was allegedly sent through state chapters and back to the DNC before ending up with the Clinton campaign.

“Officials with the committee said their filing was spurred by their own analysis of FEC reports, where they said they discovered the HVF either never transferred the money to state chapters and back to the DNC, or did so without the state chapters having actual control.
“’What we have found, people need to see,’ Ted Harvey, chairman of the CDP which emerged from the now-defunct Stop Hillary PAC, told Fox News. ‘I think it’s important that the American public has an understanding of how corrupt this campaign system was and that they were doing anything they could to secure the nomination in her favor.'”

It seems as though Hillary Clinton’s sleazy political acumen knows absolutely no bounds.
Clinton, who has spent much of the last year hawking her campaign memoir hilariously titled “What Happened”, recently disappeared from public life after a mysterious leg injury that had the 2016 runner up sporting an unusual medical boot.  Should these complaints continue to emerge regarding her legal ignorance, she may find herself even less mobile thanks to a brand new pair of handcuffs.