Sen. Ted Cruz took the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement to school.
During a heated Senate Judiciary hearing on immigration policy Tuesday, ICE director Sarah Saldana took issue with Cruz’s claim that her agency released 104,000 criminal illegal aliens in 2013 but the 2016 Republican presidential hopeful set her straight.
“When I asked you how many criminals ICE released in 2013, you were off by a factor of three,” Cruz told her. “You said 30,000 — the correct answer is 104,000.”
Saldana tried to wiggle out of it by saying she thought Cruz was referring to 2014 when, she claimed, “only” 30,558 illegal alien criminals were released and that was “good news” because the number was down from 2013.
Cruz fired back that the claim was dubious.
“You’re omitting the 68,000 criminal illegal aliens that ICE did not begin deportation proceedings against at all,” Cruz said. “You’ve got to add both of those together — it’s over 100,000.”
“Yes sir, that’s absolutely right,” she acquiesced. “All done pursuant to this statute that Congress has outlined.”
Cruz blasted Saldana on the fact that of 88,000 convictions against illegals released by the administration in 2013, 193 had murder convictions, 426 were convicted of sexual assault and more than 16,000 had DWI convictions.
He ended his time with an impassioned speech demanding justice for the victims of illegal alien criminals.
“If you want to honor Josh (Wilkerson), if you want to honor Kate Steinle, start enforcing the law and stop releasing murderers, and rapists, and drunk drivers,” Cruz said. “I don’t want to hear from the Obama administration they’re sorry while they continue to do the exact same thing because what we know – more people will be murdered, more people will be raped, more people will be killed by drunk drivers because this Administration refuses to enforce the law. That is wrong. No man is above the law, and that includes President Obama.”
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