According to U.S. Sentencing Commission data for 2014, illegal immigrants represented 74.1 percent of federal drug possession cases.
“Broken down by some of the primary offenses, illegal immigrants represented 16.8 percent of drug trafficking cases, 20.0 percent of kidnapping/hostage taking, 12.3 percent of money laundering, and 12.0 percent of murder convictions,” according to Breitbart.
The commission’s statistics only include primary federal offenses, and don’t include local convictions or sentences, which is where most rape and murder cases would appear.
“In 2013, illegal immigrants were responsible for 38.6 percent of all federal sentencing, and that dropped to 36.7 percent in 2014,” according to the Washington Examiner.
The USSC data became public just as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has pushed for tougher immigration laws following highly criticized remarks about illegal immigrants.
Some members of Congress, like NY Rep. Pete King, say there should be consequences—like cutting off federal funding — for cities that don’t cooperate with federal agencies. These so called “sanctuary cities” have ordinances that largely prohibit city personnel from helping enforce immigration laws.
The issue came back into the national spotlight, after the murder of Kathryn Steinle, who was shot and killed, allegedly by an undocumented immigrant, in San Francisco. The accused killer had been deported five times, according to CBS News.