ICE under fire for releasing thousands of illegal aliens with rap sheets

Article author: 
Kara Rowland
Article publisher: 
Fox News
Article date: 
28 April 2016
Article category: 
National News
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The Obama administration took fire at a House hearing Thursday for releasing back into society thousands of illegal immigrants who had committed crimes on U.S. soil – including those behind more than 200 murders.

“These are people that were here illegally, got caught committing a crime, were convicted of that crime and instead of deporting them, they were just released back out in the United States of America,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said...

Part of the problem, though, is the level of cooperation from other countries. 

Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney focused specifically on the case of 41-year-old Jean Jacques, a Haitian national convicted in the June 2015 killing of Connecticut resident Casey Chadwick. Jacques had a previous attempted murder conviction and should have been deported, but Haiti would not take him back.

“This is such an injustice,” Maloney said. “That they will not abide by their treaty … that they won’t take their felon back”...


Sadly for Americans, the Obama administration has ordered criminal illegal aliens to be released by ICE. An extensive report revealing convictions of criminal aliens released and placed in non-custodial settings in 2015 was submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives. See: Criminal convictions of illegal aliens released by ICE in 2015.


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Obama’s ICE Frees 19,000 Illegal Immigrant Criminals To Streets in 2015, Including Murderers, Rapists, Breitbart, April 28, 2016:

President Barack Obama’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency released nearly 20,000 criminal illegals – including rapists, sex offenders, and even around 200 murderers – back onto U.S. streets after their jail sentences ended in 2015, according to new reports.

The 19,723 released illegals were not deported.

As reported by Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner, the number includes “208 convicted of murder, over 900 convicted of sex crimes and 12,307 of drunk driving.” The criminals had 64,197 convictions among them, representing a whopping 8,234 violent crimes.

The nearly 20,000 criminals were released in virtually every state and territory of America, ICE statistics show.

The announcement comes on the heels of several years of Obama administration attempts to spin its statistics in order to claim that fewer criminal illegals are being detained and deported in order to ease criticism from illegal alien advocate groups...

ICE Released 19,723 Criminal Aliens in 2015, by Jessica Vaughan, Center for Immigration Studies, April 27, 2016:

ICE continued to release deportable criminal aliens from its custody at an alarming rate in 2015, according to figures the agency provided to members of Congress this week in advance of a hearing taking place Thursday, April 28. In 2015, ICE freed 19,723 criminal aliens, who had a total of 64,197 convictions among them. These included 8,234 violent convictions and 208 homicide convictions. While the total number of releases is lower than the past two years, since the number of arrests has declined quite dramatically, the rate of releases is approximately the same — meaning that this is no progress at all, and certainly will be no consolation for the victims of these criminal aliens.

The table below enumerates the criminal convictions associated with the released aliens. The largest number of convictions was for Driving Under the Influence; there were 12,307 alcohol DUI convictions and 354 drug DUI convictions, for a total of 12,661...

The 64,197 convictions work out to an average of 3.25 convictions per released alien.

ICE Director Sarah Saldana has tried to characterize the lower number of releases as an improvement over prior years. In 2013, ICE released 36,007 criminal aliens from its custody, and in 2014 ICE released 30,558 criminal aliens from its custody...

Interactive Map: Criminal Aliens Released by ICE by State, FY2013 to FY2015... Click on State for Exact Totals.


FY2013: 1,360 

FY2014: 1,072

FY2015: 568

Total: 3,000]