Federal Immigration officials are under fire again for knowingly releasing dozens of murderers as well as thousands of drunken drivers back into the U.S. in 2013.
This news flies in the face of the Obama administration’s claim that the president is trying to focus on only the most serious criminals with regard to enforcement of our immigration laws.
Among the approximately 36,000 released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 116 were convicted of homicide, 43 for negligent manslaughter, 14 for voluntary manslaughter, and one with a conviction classified by ICE itself as “homicide-willful kill-public official-gun.”
Most appalling is that each and every one of these illegal, criminal aliens was in deportation proceedings when they were released and that ICE could have continued to hold them in detention, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.
Upon learning of this report, Rep. Lamar Smith, (R-Texas) stated, “This would be considered the worst prison break in American history, except it was sanctioned by the president and perpetrated by our own immigration officials.”
The congressman went on to say that, “The administration’s actions are outrageous. They willfully and knowingly put the interests of criminal immigrants before the safety and security of the American people.”
Jessica Vaughan, the policy studies director at the Center for Immigration Studies, says that the Obama administration’s argument that it is trying to keep its enforcement efforts targeted at dangerous criminals is disputed the data on the criminals released back into the U.S.
It has been estimated that the Obama administration is releasing approximately 100 criminal aliens a day, with ICE stating that many of those released were subject to electronic monitoring, posting bond or having to check in with officers.
Does that sound comforting to you? We all know how efficient these processes are, with many criminals breaking free from their electronic monitoring, and disappearing forever.
ICE has told Congress that it doesn’t need to hold many of these illegal immigrants in detention, and even asked Congress to fund just a little more than 30,500 detention beds: a reduction from the current 34,000.
This is outrageous when taking into consideration that the more than 36,000 criminal aliens released by the federal government accounted for more than 87,000 convictions. Of these, 15,635 of the convictions were for drunken driving, 9,187 for what ICE called “dangerous drugs”, 2,691 for assault, 1,724 for weapons offenses, and 303 for “flight escape”.
Additionally, ICE has admitted that there are another 68,000 criminal immigrants that they have not put into deportation proceedings.
And let’s not forget the fire under which ICE came last year for releasing illegal immigrants and blaming it on the budget sequester cuts.
Among those were some 622 criminals, including 24 with repeated felonies that were so violent that the administration had to recapture them.
It isn’t enough that the U.S. has its own home-grown criminal element. Because of the Obama administration, we must continue to put up with criminal immigrants crossing our borders illegally, costing hundreds of millions of dollars, along with violent assaults, drunken driving arrests, rapes, and murders. And who knows which of these criminals may be molesting our children?
Outrageous commentary on our once-great nation.
Spero columnist John Mancino is a political activist and security specialist.