DHS Released Dozens of Convicted Rapists, Child Molesters

Katie Pavlich
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Posted: Jun 17, 2015 8:30 AM
DHS Released Dozens of Convicted Rapists, Child Molesters

In 2013 the Department of Homeland Security released 36,000 violent illegal alien criminals onto American streets after claiming officials were practicing prosecutorial discretion. In 2015, they did the same and released 30,000 more violent aliens onto the streets who had been convicted of heinous crimes like murder, sexual assault, aggravated assault, rape and more. We also learned just this week that more than 100 violent illegal aliens who avoided deportation by DHS have been charged with murder after being let go from the system. 

Now, a new report in the Boston Globe details how Immigration and Customs Enforcement has released dozens of "the worst of the worst" convicted illegal alien sex offenders into American cities. To make matters worse, ICE failed to closely monitor the criminals or force them to register as sex offenders searchable in local databases.

For years, doctors warned federal immigration officials: Do not take your eyes off Santos Hernandez Carrera.

He had raped a woman at knifepoint and spent roughly half his life in jail, where immigration officials hoped to keep him until they could send him home to Cuba. As far as the public knew, the strategy worked: Until last month, the public sex offender registry said Hernandez Carrera, who has been diagnosed with a mental illness, had been deported.

He never was. Instead, the Globe discovered that Hernandez Carrera is in Florida, one of hundreds of immigrants convicted of sex crimes who should have been deported but instead were released in the United States because their homelands refused to take them back.

They are convicted rapists, child molesters, and kidnappers — among “the worst of the worst,” as one law enforcement agency put it. Yet the Globe found that immigration officials have released them without making sure they register with local authorities as sex offenders.

And once US Immigration and Customs Enforcement frees them, agency officials often lose track of the criminals, despite outstanding deportation orders against them. The Globe determined that Hernandez Carrera and several other offenders had failed to register as sex offenders, a crime. By law, police are supposed to investigate if such offenders fail to update their address within days of their release. But local officials said they did not learn that ICE had released the offenders until after the Globe inquired about their cases.

And then there's this:

These released criminals are immigrants who were convicted of sex-related crimes and ordered deported, sometimes after serving a state or federal prison term. But if their home country will not take them back, ICE says they must release them after six months because the Supreme Court in 2001 barred the agency from holding immigrants indefinitely. Officials said they can detain such immigrants longer only in rare cases, such as when a detainee is ruled mentally ill and dangerous.

The immigration agency does not disclose the names of the immigrants in its custody, to protect their privacy. But the Globe obtained the names of Hernandez Carrera and thousands of other released criminals through a federal lawsuit against ICE, arguing that the privacy policy endangered Americans and immigrants alike.

That's right, ICE is harboring violent criminals and setting them free in American neighborhoods because their home countries won't take them back. Further, ICE is protecting the identities of violent criminal aliens in the name of "safety" while ignoring the safety of citizens. The entire Boston Globe piece is worth reading. 

Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley, in partnership with Senator Jeff Sessions, sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Secretary of State John Kerry and Attorney General Loretta Lynch earlier this week demanding answers about why violent criminals are being released, not to mention released without monitoring. 

Wednesday on Capitol Hill, the House Oversight Committee will hold a hearing about President Obama's executive amnesty, which has allowed many violent criminals to stay in the U.S.