Earlier this year, for example, 21-year-old Grant Ronnebeck was shot to death while working at a Mesa, Arizona convenience store, and a Mexican drug trafficker named Apolinar Altamirano has been charged with that murder. The Mexican was supposed to be deported after he pled guilty to a previous felony, but he was free on $10,000 bond and was not under supervision. When outraged members of Congress demanded an explanation from the Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the ICE director admitted that it’s not rare for released criminal aliens to offend again. In the five fiscal years 2010 through 2014, 121 illegal aliens who had previously been released to an unsuspecting public were subsequently charged with “homicide-related offenses.”
A large fraction of convicted drug traffickers are illegal aliens who should have been deported, and another large bunch enjoy the benefits of U.S. citizenship while conspiring with Mexican drug gangs. The Washington Post recently profiled 22-year-old California-born drug trafficker named Gerardo Vargas who had a regular job transporting 1 kilogram of heroin in his stomach for the 3,900-mile trip from Uruapan, Mexico to Dayton, Ohio. Heroin, the most feared drug in history, is now the fastest-growing menace to young suburban Americans, causing thousands of deaths each year.
This is no time to release 6,000 drug traffickers in our cities, many of those cities are already coping with a sharp rise in the murder rate. And it’s no time for Congress to send the wrong message by reducing the punishment for those who deliver dangerous drugs that ruin the lives of our young people.
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