Immigration Friendly El Paso Lie Revisited Through Jail Data

For some time now we have been discussing the lie being perpetuated by Veronica Escobar and cohorts that El Paso is an immigrant friendly city. I have been sharing with you data and other evidence demonstrating to you that not only is the notion that El Paso is immigrant friendly a lie, but that in fact, El Paso very unfriendly towards immigrants. Veronica Escobar’s recent public assertion that the County is filing suit against the Texas SB4 legislation, the so-called anti-sanctuary city bill, further perpetuates this myth. Escobar and cohorts want you to believe that myth. However, yesterday, the County of El Paso had an agenda item for discussing and acting on the federal inmate program.

The agenda item was put on by Vince Perez, who has advocated that the agreement to house federal prisoners is detrimental to the County and for El Paso taxpayers. On June 9, 2017, Vince Perez posted on the County’s website his agenda item along with six attachments.

Accepting that the data collected and disseminated by Vince Perez and his staff regarding the jail agreement is accurate, then the data proves my point that El Paso is unfriendly towards immigrants. Not only that, but the data also demonstrates that the federal prisoner agreement is just another source of revenue for the County. It also reinforces my belief that El Paso leaders have an unholy agreement with the drug cartels. Vince Perez argues that the agreement loses money for the county taxpayers.

In addition to the loses for the taxpayers, Vince Perez seems to have also embraced the idea that the jailing agreement is in contradiction to the County government’s stated belief that they decry the SB4 targeting of the immigrant populations. Perez, in his cover letter introducing his agenda item, wrote that the county commissioners should take action “regarding the continued incarceration of immigration-related and other detainees.” Perez points out that immigration aspect of the agreement.

Of the six attachments included by Vince Perez, three convincingly expose not only the immigrant friendly lie but also the hypocrisy of challenging SB4. The first graph; “Federal Inmate Population in Texas Public Jails from January 2017 through May 2017” exposes how the jail contract is about making money for the County.

You will note that the County jailed one-quarter of all the federal prisoners in Texas. El Paso is Texas’ sixth largest city by population and yet it jails almost a quarter of all federal prisoners. The argument can be made that since El Paso sits on the border then it would make sense that deportable immigrants would be jailed as close to the border as possible. This is hypocritical for El Paso in light of its SB4 lawsuit and claim to be immigrant friendly.

The next two graphs prove that El Paso is unfriendly to immigrants very poignantly. The first graph; “Total Bookings into El Paso County Jail from Fiscal Years 2014 to 2017 to Date” proves that the clear majority, about 71%, of federal prisoners in the El Paso County jail are “Immigration-Related”.

The last graph; “Federal Inmate Bookings by Arresting Agency From FY2014 to Date” proves this notion convincingly.

As you can clearly see, 87% of all jail bookings for federal prisoners comes from two immigration-related agencies; the United States Border Patrol and Immigration & Customs Enforcement, or ICE.

Clearly, immigrants are money making pawns for Veronica Escobar and cohorts.

But what is even more poignant is the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) metric, 4% of all federal bookings at the County jail.

Let that sink in for a moment. Not only is El Paso home to the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC), the fusion center for all drug cartel intelligence in law enforcement, but El Paso is also a well-known drug corridor.

Clearly, the focus is not in jailing drug traffickers but instead in jailing immigrants, many of whom, are laborers looking to feed their families.

At this point we have no reason to believe that the data metrics published by Vince Perez are wrong. Accepting them as accurate than the conclusion is that El Paso is unfriendly towards immigrants and allows drug traffickers to operate unimpeded in the city.

There are three theses that I have been developing over the years when it comes to El Paso.

  1. The first is that El Paso artificially creates an economy by using tax dollars, local and federal, to stimulate the economy.
  2. The second is that El Paso is unfriendly towards immigrants contrary to carefully crafted narrative perpetuated by the politicos.
  3. And, finally, El Paso allows drugs to transit through the city under an arrangement I have dubbed The Conspiracy Sealed in Blood.

Vince Perez has embarked on exposing the failures of the federal jail agreement. In time, we will know if his metrics are accurate or not. New information will also become public as the debate intensifies. If the data holds true, then my three theses have been proven.

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