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Walter Moore | Los Angeles Last night, I was going to start reading "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea," because I love the title. But then I spotted an even more alluring title: "The Recidivism Patterns of Previously Deported Aliens Released From A Local Jail." So I shelled out $20, digitally, to buy a copy of this scholarly study at Crime & Delinquency OnlineFirst. It's not a laugh riot, but four facts in it jumped off the page at me: 1. More crimes per illegal alien, or more illegal aliens? Previous studies, the authors reported, found that 27% of all inmates in federal prisons were criminal aliens, while supposedly just 4% of America's population consisted of illegal aliens (i.e., 12 million out of 300 million). Think about that disparity: 27% vs. 4%. If both numbers are right, then illegal aliens commit a disproportionate number of crimes: 4% of the population commits 27% of the crimes. Alternatively, and more plausibly, the 4% figure grossly underestimates the number of illegal aliens in the country. But if illegal aliens constitute 27% of the U.S. population, that means there would be about 81 million of them (i.e., 27% x 300 million people). So I'm thinking both propositions are probably true: illegal aliens commit a disproportionate amount of crime, and they make up much more than 4% of the population. 2. "We're Number One" -- but not in a good way. California's prisons hold 40% of all the illegal aliens who are in all state prisons throughout America. The L.A. County jail holds 13% of all illegal aliens in all jails in the U.S. Hence, we are "Ground Zero" for illegal alien criminals. That's probably why, when it comes to illegal aliens, many American citizens in other states still don't "get it;" the problem is worse here than anywhere else. 3. Rampant recidivism: 73% of the previously deported criminal illegal aliens released from the L.A. County Jail were re-arrested at least once within one year. And get this: 28% of the previously deported criminal aliens released from jail got arrested three or more times within a year after their release. And 32% of the criminal aliens who had not been previously deported were also re-arrested within a year. How many victims could we protect by letting the LAPD investigate and arrest these criminals for immigration violations, rather than waiting to catch them committing murders or selling drugs? 4. Mexico gave us 86% of the previously deported criminal illegal aliens released from the L.A. County Jail. So the next time someone calls you a "racist" for referring to Mexico, as opposed to, say, Norway, as the source of most illegal aliens, just lay that 86% reality on him. You can even quote the study itself: "Race and ethnicity variables were available in the data but not included due to a lack of variation in the sample." Don't bother trying to explain that "Mexico" is not a race, and neither is illegal conduct. Come to think of it, don't bother explaining any of this, because people who call you "racist" are not sincere; they just hope to intimidate you into silence. CRO copyright 2008 Walter Moore

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