Yes, the recidivism rate of illegal immigrants convicted of felonies is that bad.
Each year hundreds of foreign nationals who have committed crimes — including murder — are released by federal immigration authorities either because their countries of origin refuse to take them, or in compliance of the U.S. Supreme Court’s prohibition against indefinite sentences.
And as a result, at least 121 homicides have been carried out by released criminal aliens, according to a June, 2015 letter by the Senate Judiciary Committee addressed to then-DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, then-Secretary of State John Kerry and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
That letter’s existence only recently came to light in a report published by the Miami Herald, which indicated that at least 121 homicides “could have been avoided” between the years 2010 and 2014.
“This disturbing fact follows ICE’s admission that, of the 36,007 criminal aliens it released from ICE custody in Fiscal Year 2013, 1,000 have been re-convicted of additional crimes in the short time since their release,” the letter said.
The Herald reported:
Most of these immigrant convicts are nationals of 23 countries described by ICE as “recalcitrant” because they routinely refuse to take back deportables. The bulk of these immigrant convicts in 2014 — 1,183 — were from Cuba, according to the letter. The other “recalcitrant” countries include Afghanistan, Algeria, China, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia and Zimbabwe, according to ICE.
A committee spokeswoman did not provide additional information on the letter when contacted by el Nuevo Herald last week.
But in response to the letter, Sarah Saldaña, then-director of ICE, stated that 33 of the 121 immigrant convicts accused of “homicide-related offenses” had been released on bond at the discretion of immigration courts. Another 24 were released because ICE was unable to obtain approval to deport them to their countries within the 180-day deadline set by the Supreme Court in 2001.
The issue was spotlighted by President Donald Trump, who said the United States must take whatever steps are required to deport illegal immigrants who have been accused of crimes — especially violent felonies.
And if their countries of origin refuse to accept them, he would impose sanctions or cut off aid.
He made the deportation of criminal aliens a priority throughout his campaign.
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