The House Oversight Committee is investigating the release of almost 20,000 illegal aliens convicted of crimes in 2015. 208 of them committed murders and over 900 sexual offenders. There were over 12,000 convicted of at least one DUI. The average number of crimes each of the released illegals committed was 3.25. There were a total of 64,197 convictions — 8,234 of which were violent crimes.
Committee chairman, Jason Chaffetz called the releases “unacceptable”:
“These are people that were here illegally, got caught committing a crime, were convicted of that crime, and then instead of deporting them, they were just released back out into the United States of America. Their convictions included sex offenses, assault, burglary, robbery, driving under the influence—and ICE told us that in FY2015, the agency released 19,723 criminal aliens, with a combined 64,197 convictions, including 934 sex offenses, 804 robberies, 216 kidnappings, and 196 homicide-related convictions.”
ICE Director Sarah Saldana tried to explain why so many were released:
“As you are aware, in fiscal year 2013, ICE had 36,007 criminal releases, while in FY 2014, that number had fallen to 30,558 criminal releases—that is, a 15 percent reduction from the previous year in the number of criminal aliens released from custody pending removal proceedings. In FY 2015, the number of criminal releases fell even further to 19,723, a 30 percent decrease from FY 2014. Notably, while almost two-thirds of the criminal releases in FY 2013 and FY 2014 were due to ICE discretionary determinations authorized by the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and its implementing regulations, in FY 2015, that trend had reversed such that nearly two-thirds of the criminal releases that year were legally required rather than the result of ICE’s exercise of discretion.”
What she didn’t say in her explanation is that ICE made 232,287 arrests in 2013 but only 119,772 arrests in 2015. I have written many articles about heinous crimes committed by illegal aliens that ICE refused to pick up from local and state police. As far as countries that refuse to take back their criminals, the fault there lies directly at Obama’s feet. All of these countries need the US for either foreign aid or trade or both. They could not afford to deny their return if Obama really wanted to deport them.