Shocking, but not surprising, information from the Center for Immigration Studies this week:
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.
What else could we expect from an administration that routinely catches and releases illegal immigrants and counts turning people away from the border as deportations? The real surprise is that any so-called conservative can keep a straight face when he talks about increased enforcement as part of an amnesty deal.
To read some of Phyllis Schlafly’s columns on the topic of immigration enforcement, click here.