Thursday, May 12, 2011


Immigration Enforcement Responsible for Large Drop in Crime

Gwinnett County, GA, is roughly 1600 miles from the Mexican border, but serious crime in 2010 has dropped significantly with murders down 43%, robberies down 30% and stolen vehicle reports falling 18 percent. Authorities give credit to enforcing illegal immigration law.

There are 5,000 fewer illegal immigrants in the county jail than there were in late 2009 when the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) began participating in the 287(g) program which allows local law enforcement to identify and report illegal aliens in their custody.

The Sheriff’s spokeswoman, Stacey Bourbonnais, credits immigration enforcement for the large drop saying, “In the last 10 years, we have never seen a decrease in foreign-born bookings.  In fact, we’ve been seeing significant increases every single year for the last 10 years until the 287(g) program started.” Since November 2009, when the GCSO began participating  in 287(g), 4,153 illegal immigrants (responsible for a total of 9,177 various charges) have been identified.

The most serious crimes which those illegal immigrants were charged: felony drug charges (330), rape (32), child molestation (65), other sex crimes (40), DUI (658), aggravated assault (103), robbery (54), battery (228), and murder (4).

Mexico represents the country of origin of the most illegal immigrants arrested in Gwinnett County with over half of those arrested from Mexico.  Nearly one-fourth of those arrested were from Honduras, Guatemala, or El Salvador.

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