Half of federal arrests are immigration-related | Pew Research Center

English: The logo of U.S. Citizenship and Immi...

English: The logo of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (English) Español: El logotipo del Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de los Estados Unidos (Inglés) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrest

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrest (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Citing latest evidence, Pew Research reports that federal law enforcement agencies are making more arrests for immigration-related offenses than they were a decade ago. But look at the graphics, the share of immigration-related arrests dwarfs other categories.

Source: Half of federal arrests are immigration-related | Pew Research Center

Of course, the focus is not on Spanish speaking maids and gardeners but potential terrorists. It’s interesting to look at the strong correlation between increased immigration-related arrests and the Obama years.

Way down the second category is drug related crime.

It’s worth reflecting on the statistics. The context is that the US has more people behind bars than any other country. But more worryingly, is the overwhelming focus on immigration transferable to other democracies, especially in Europe? Since Angela Merkel opened the flood door for refugees, there has been a strong reaction to immigration in the elections of the UK, France and Germany.


Opinion – Vulnerable consumers in regulated industries – National Audit Office (NAO) – John Gelmini

Gatwick Airport Monorail.

Gatwick Airport Monorail. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Alf is right, regulators in the UK are not the sharpest needle in the pack and are unable to keep up with the machinations of product providers and companies that operate airports, trains and public transport.

Secondly, they are lazy and complacent and in common with much of UK business are not truly familiar with the concept of customer service excellence. The public don’t really understand it either, unless they have lived and worked outside of this country and are not afflicted with the idea that the world owes them a living.

Sadly, and this needs saying a lot more, many people in the UK, particularly certain types of pensioner and single woman who own pets are strangers to shower gel, soap or water, are untidy ,disorganised and feckless. With that sort of attitude, it is hardly surprising that airports, public spaces, public transport, and our airports do not meet the more exacting standards that Dr Alf saw and I used to experience in America.

John Gelmini