According to a report published by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) this week, during 2013, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released 36,007 aliens with criminal convictions from detention who were awaiting the final disposition of their cases.
Because many of the 36,007 freed aliens had multiple convictions, they were responsible for a total of 87,818 convictions among them. ICE statistics indicate the number of aliens convicted for the following crimes being released from custody:
• 116 homicides
• 426 sexual assaults
• 303 kidnappings
• 1,075 aggravated assaults
• 1,160 stolen vehicles
• 9,187 dangerous drug possessions
• 24,822 DUIs (15,635 for liquor and 9,187 for dangerous drugs)
• 303 flight escapes
CIS noted that the 36,007 criminal aliens counted in this document “are a different set of cases from the 68,000 releases reported earlier.”
In our April 1 article on this subject, we reported that ICE officials had released 67,879 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions in 2013 and made no move to deport them. Those figures had been collected by the CIS from ICE’s “Weekly Departures and Detention Report” for the end of fiscal year 2013.
The latest figures represent a different category, noted CIS:
The 36,007 criminal aliens counted [in this week’s report] are aliens who were being processed for deportation and were freed while awaiting the final disposition of their cases, or afterwards. The 68,000 releases [reported on March 31] were cases of alien criminals encountered by ICE officers, usually in jails, but who were let go in lieu of processing them for immigration removal charges in that year.
Jessica Vaughan, CIS’s policy studies director, said the statistics discredit the Obama administration’s own argument that it’s trying to keep its enforcement efforts targeted at dangerous criminals.
“We keep hearing from the administration that they are focused like a laser on enforcement against the worst of the worst, convicted criminals, as their top priority. On the other hand, they are releasing, at a rate of about 100 a day, aliens from their custody with criminal convictions, and many of them are serious criminal convictions,” said Vaughan.
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