More Than 30,000 Criminal Illegals Being Released Annually

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Here is a way for the Federal Government to save a lot of money – shut down the Border Patrol.

We may as well, because they are capturing and then releasing criminal aliens into our communities.

In 2013, the border patrol released 36,007 criminal aliens. Then in 2014, according to a report from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 30,558 criminal illegal immigrants were released by federal officials in the fiscal year.

These aliens were convicted of many different kinds of serious and even violent crimes. They include homicide, sexual assault, aggravated assault and kidnapping. There were also more than 16,000 DUI (drink or drug) driving convictions.

Most of the homicide convicts released were court-ordered, according to ICE.

Convictions of those released in fiscal 2013
193 homicide
426 sexual assault
303 kidnapping
1,075 aggravated assault
1,160 stolen vehicle
9,187 dangerous drug
303 flight escape
16,070 driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol

While we are shutting down the Border Patrol, we should probably change the name of the Department of Homeland Security to the Department of Homeland Insecurity. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is managed by DHS. Information for this report thanks to The Washington Times.

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Illegal alien catch and release sign

Included in the fiscal 2013 figures, in February 2013, more than 2,000 criminal illegals were released due to the planned sequestration cuts. Remarkably, more than 600 of them were known criminals. The head of ICE, Sarah Saldana, who started there in August, 2014, said “it still concerns me.”

Well, guess what, it concerns us too.

Saldana promised that overcrowding would no longer be the primary reason for releasing criminal illegals, and all pending cases will be approved by a top supervisor.

What difference will that make?

Speaking to The Washington Times, Saldana said, “I am determined to continue to take every possible measure to ensure the public’s safety and the removal of dangerous criminals.” The illegals are required to have “supervised release” monitoring by federal authorities, but Saldana said those efforts would be toughened to try to prevent them from committing new crimes.

Part of the problem is that some countries refuse to take back their criminal citizens. Republicans want to rewrite the law, forcing serious criminal illegals to be held longer. Additionally, they want the administration to deny visiting visas to the leaders of countries that refuse to take their own citizens back. The Obama administration refuses to do that.

Releasing these criminal aliens into our communities is dangerous. Law-enforcement officials say it endangers all Americans.

This ridiculous state of affairs tells criminal aliens there are no consequences for their illegal activities. If they are caught, they can be released within days.

Stephen Miller, a spokesman for Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, who has long battled the White House on immigration reform, told Newsmax, “The administration’s immigration lawlessness knows no bounds.”

Dwight L. Schwab Jr. is a moderate conservative who looks at all sides of a story, then speaks his mind. His BS in journalism from University of Oregon, with minors in political science and American history stands him in good stead for his writing.

Dwight has 30 years in the publishing industry, including ABC/Cap Cities and International Thomson. A native of Portland, Oregon, and now a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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