Back in 2013, Immigration and Customs Enforcement got ripped by Congress for releasing 36,000 violent criminal illegal aliens onto American streets. Those criminals had convictions of homicide, rape, child molestation drunk driving and more.
In 2013, ICE freed 36,007 convicted criminal aliens from detention who were awaiting the outcome of deportation proceedings, according to a document obtained by the Center for Immigration Studies. This group included aliens convicted of hundreds of violent and serious crimes, including homicide, sexual assault, kidnapping, and aggravated assault. The list of crimes also includes more than 16,000 drunk or drugged driving convictions. The vast majority of these releases from ICE custody were discretionary, not required by law (in fact, in some instances, apparently contrary to law), nor the result of local sanctuary policies
Now, the agency has done it again and released more than 30,000 of the same type of criminal alien onto American streets last year. More from the Washington Times:
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency that handles detention and removal of illegal immigrants, said it will no longer allow overcrowding to be the main reason a dangerous illegal immigrant is released, and will require a top supervisor to approve the cases of any serious criminals that officers want to release.
Overall, ICE released 30,558 criminal aliens in fiscal year 2014, which is down from the 36,007 criminals released a year before.
ICE didn’t release a breakdown of criminal offenses of the new 30,000 on Wednesday, but among the 36,000 released in 2013 were 193 homicide convictions, 426 sexual assault convictions, 303 kidnapping convictions and 16,070 convictions for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
ICE said that most of the homicide convictions were court-ordered.
Yesterday Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Sarah Saldana testified in front of Congress about the agency's "catch and release" program, where she made all kinds of excuses for the release of the violent illegal aliens.
Last month, the Oversight Committee invited family members of those killed by criminal aliens to testify. A man named Michael Ronnebeck testified about the murder of his nephew Grant Ronnebeck, who was working as a Quik Trip clerk when an illegal alien shot him in the face and stole cigarettes from the store. Another man, Jamiel Shaw, testified about the murder of his son Andre Shaw by an illegal alien who had taken advantage of President Obama's Dreamer program.