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New information obtained by the Senate Judiciary Committee reveals many criminal aliens released from custody have since gone on to be convicted of new crimes.
Information provided by the Department of Homeland Security indicates that 36,007 criminal illegal immigrants were released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody in 2013. Of that total, at least one thousand have been convicted of new crimes.
Among the new convictions are many traffic-related and Driving Under the Influence (DUI) cases. There are also cases of battery, aggravated assault, lewd acts with a child under age 14, child cruelty with possible injury/death, robbery, drugs and terroristic threats.
“The Obama Administration claims that it is using ‘prosecutorial discretion’ to prioritize the removal of criminal aliens from this country,” says Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“But this report shows the disturbing truth: 1,000 undocumented aliens previously convicted of crimes who the Administration released in 2013 have gone on to commit further crimes in our communities. I will continue my work to ensure our immigration officials are doing what it takes to take criminal aliens off our streets and out of our country.”–Sen. Charles Grassley
Last August, it was revealed that more than 600 convicted criminals, including felons, were among thousands of illegal immigrants freed under the Obama administration in advance of 2013 budget cuts mandated under sequestration.
At that time, the Obama administration released 2,226 immigrant detainees, 617 of whom had criminal convictions.
According to an Inspector General report, at least two-dozen “aliens” were released by ICE even though they were in a “mandatory detention category.” (After an internal review, ICE later redetained them.)