Matt Welch Swati Pandey has done some great follow up work on the earlier mentioned “facts about illegal immigrants”, and points out that five of the ten “facts” attributed to the Los Angeles Times can not be sourced back to the paper.
Additionally, even the statistics that were cited in the paper were either inaccurately repeated or taken out of context.
The key “fact” that raised bells is the one that claimed that 95% of outstanding warrants are for illegal immigrants.
Welch Pandey responds:
An outstanding warrant is quite a different beast than a regular warrant, so this “fact” left out the key word. We did some more checking on the outstanding warrants point itself. (The Manhattan Institute’s Heather ) MacDonald stated this in a 2004 City Journal article, and in testimony before the House of Representatives in spring 2005, noting that this came to 1,200-1,500 warrants. One LAPD officer cited the same factoid in the National Review earlier this year, saying that it’s specific to “the first half of 2004”. But Jane Robison, press secretary for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, told us that the D.A. does not keep track of this number; a representative with Detective Headquarters said the same.
Welch Pandey did his homework, so I encourage you to read the rest here.
The larger problem is the anti-Hispanic/Latino agenda of the people wanting to believe some of these figures; while being anti-illegal alien does not equate being a racist, pursuading people to believe that 95% of murders in Los Angeles are committed by Mexicans and others south of the border is nothing short of hate mongering.
(after I posted, Matt Welch, who directed me to this info, pointed out that it was indeed Swati Pandey, not Matt, who was responsible for the above info…)