(Columbus, Ohio - December 27, 2010)
In 2002, the number of illegal aliens transferred from the Franklin County Jail into the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement was only 17, last year that number had increased to 799. Those transferred were arrested for other crimes and discovered to be in the country illegally.
What follows is the number of illegal alien transfers over the last eight years (Source: Franklin County Jail records):
What was once a problem largely confined to the American Southwest has spread across the entire nation, and though Franklin County, Ohio is 1,500 miles from the Mexican border, they are also being subjected to the perils of illegal immigration.
It should also be noted that according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Franklin County has an unemployment rate of 8.4 percent. One has to wonder what that number would be without the influx of illegal aliens into the county.