Criminal Aliens Go Free

CAPS — The Obama Administration justifies its refusal to arrest and deport most illegal aliens on the grounds that it wants to focus its resources expelling those who pose a significant criminal danger to the public. This excuse seems flimsy, however, in light of how it deals with the criminal aliens it actually takes into custody.

According to information released to Congress by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), that agency between 2010 and 2015 released 124 illegal aliens from custody who had a total of 464 criminal charges against them. After release, they were charged with 135 homicide-related crimes.

Why were they let go? ICE said that in 75 percent of the cases it had no choice because their countries of origin refuse to accept deported citizens, and courts have ruled that we cannot incarcerate these individuals indefinitely. But this excuse scarcely lets the administration off the hook. If it so desired, it could place various pressures on those countries to accept return of their criminals. One example would be denying U.S. travel and immigration visas for some or all of their citizens. The administration, however, has done absolutely nothing to pursue such remedies.

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