The Negative Side of Immigration

The bad side of immigration One of the many things that Washington is trying to keep quiet in the current debate on immigration is the toll that deportable criminals are taking on our society. They want to keep it quiet because the crime wave their policies are creating wouldn’t exactly bolster their arguments on the subject.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is an American federal law enforcement agency under the United States Department of Homeland Security, a part of the executive branch of the federal government. They are responsible for identifying and dismantling vulnerabilities regarding the nation's border. And for deporting criminals. The problem is that they are not deporting them.

The Senate Judiciary Committee recently demanded information from ICE concerning the impact of criminal aliens being released in this country since 2010. Specifically, ICE provided information on aliens who were charged with homicides after being released and aliens who were released multiple times by ICE. The facts are not pretty.

The criminal aliens released by ICE since 2010 (already having been convicted of thousands of crimes) are responsible for a significant crime spree in American communities, including 124 aliens charged with 135 new homicides. Inexplicably, ICE is choosing to release some criminal aliens multiple times.

Since 2013, there have been 156 released criminal aliens that have racked up between them a total of 243 additional convictions after being let go. To make it even worse, this does not include criminal aliens released by sanctuary cities or those whom ICE simply refused to pick up from local jails in the first place. These are only those who were in ICE’s hands, and then let go.

So Why Were They Let Go?

Some administrative judges let a few out on bail, others were released because their home countries would not take them back. Yes, thanks to a decision by the Supreme Court, including the so-called Zadvydas cases, the courts are letting criminal out because their home countries don’t want them. Why would they? The list of these countries is a bit enlightening. They include:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Burundi, Cape Verde, China, Cuba, Eritrea, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, and Zimbabwe. Afghanistan and Iraq? Really?

Of course, the Secretary of State is required by law to suspend the issuance of visas in any country that won’t take back its own citizens. The Obama administration has never — not once — complied with this legal requirement.

It Keeps Getting Worse

For instance,in 2014, ICE released a total of 30,558 criminal aliens which had already been convicted of 92,347 crimes before they were released by ICE. As of July 25, 2015, an additional 1,895 aliens have been charged with a crime after being freed by ICE. The total number of new crimes for which these aliens were convicted after ICE released them was 2,560.

These 2,560 new crimes by aliens ICE released instead of deported in 2014 include: 298 dangerous drug offenses, 185 assaults, 40 weapons offenses, 28 sex offenses, 10 sex assaults, four kidnappings, two arsons, and one homicide. There were 1,044 traffic offenses included in the list.

The courts and ICE aren’t the only people causing this problem. Because of the Obama administration policies that allow aliens to elect for drawn-out immigration court proceedings rather than accelerated forms of due process and removal, ICE reported that 28,017 alien criminals still had a pending immigration case as of July 25, 2015, which means that many of these released criminal aliens will remain here for some time - even if ICE could find them after all that time.

The end result is that as of July 25, 2015, only 974 (3 percent) of the 30,558 criminal aliens freed by ICE in 2014 have been removed. Presumably some of these aliens are again incarcerated or in ICE custody following conviction for the 2,560 new crimes after their release by ICE. In addition, there were 1,567 of these released criminal aliens who have been allowed to stay in the United States.

We not only need a wall. We need government officials who follow the law rather ignoring it or making it ineffective.

ICE's complete response to the Judiciary Committee's inquiries can be found here.

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