Newsweek is currently running an interesting article on how Hispanic gangs, such as the Mexican Mafia, have been targeting not only African-American gang members, but African-Americans simply. Here in North Carolina, we have seen a similar trend — as the murder of Chanda Brown Mwicigi may suggest.
Indeed, over the past several years North Carolina has experienced a disturbing surge in gang activity. Between 1999 and 2004, Wake County saw a 5,743.3 percent increase in gang membership. During the same period, the city of Durham saw a 333.3 percent increase. A 2005 report by the Governor’s Crime Commission estimated that 22.2 percent of all gang members in North Carolina are Hispanic (with ethnicity unknown for another 19.4 percent). By contrast, Hispanics accounted for only 7 percent of total state population in 2004. Nationally, Hispanics are thought to comprise 49 percent of total gang membership. Many of these gang members — in some cases, as much as 90 percent — are illegal aliens.
The simple fact is that far too many illegal aliens are not here to “get a good job and raise a family.” Illegal immigrants are no more virtuous than any other people. And given the fact that they have to: 1) break the law in order to enter the United States; and 2) break the law again (often through stealing someone’s identity) in order to be employed in the United States, it is reasonable to suppose that illegal immigration fosters a culture of lawlessness, not to mention disdain for American culture.
In any case, we’ll never solve the problem of criminal illegal aliens until we secure the border.