Speaking of federal agencies that ignore or flout the law, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) has obtained a document from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) showing that in fiscal year 2013 the agency set free in this country 36,007 convicted criminal aliens — with a total of 88,000 criminal convictions — who were awaiting the outcome of deportation proceedings.
CIS listed the worse offenders:
193 homicide convictions (including one willful killing of a public official with gun)
426 sexual assault convictions
303 kidnapping convictions
1,075 aggravated assault convictions
1,160 stolen vehicle convictions
9,187 dangerous drug convictions
16,070 drunk or drugged driving convictions
303 flight escape convictions
And that is on top of the 68,000 criminal aliens ICE did not even bother to try to deport. CIS called its report on that group of ignored criminal aliens, “Catch and Release.” Many of those are probably back on the streets, too, making the total more than 1000,000 in one year alone.
Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith called it “the worst prison break in American history, except it was sanctioned by the president and perpetrated by our own immigration officials.”
ICE did this even though it touts its deportation of criminal aliens on its website:
“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) places a high priority on combating illegal immigration, including targeting illegal aliens with criminal records who pose a threat to public safety.
“The Criminal Alien Program (CAP) provides ICE-wide direction and support in the biometric and biographic identification, arrest, and removal of priority aliens who are incarcerated within federal, state, and local prisons and jails, as well as at-large criminal aliens that have circumvented identification. It is incumbent upon ICE to ensure that all efforts are made to investigate, arrest, and remove individuals from the United States that ICE deems priorities by processing the alien expeditiously and securing a final order of removal for an incarcerated alien before the alien is released to ICE custody. The identification and processing of incarcerated criminal aliens, before release from jails and prisons, decreases or eliminates the time spent in ICE custody and reduces the overall cost to the Federal Government.”
As for those claims that the Obama administration is deporting more illegal immigrants that ever before, the explanation is that they’ve changed what is counted as a deportation to include those detained at the border and voluntarily go home. Those were never counted before.
Future Democratic voters, perhaps?