RPT: 68K Illegal Immigrants With Criminal Records Caught and Released in 2013
According to a new report, 68,000 undocumented immigrants with criminal records were caught and released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2013.
Today on Your World, Neil Cavuto spoke to Steve Henry, the chief deputy of Pinal County, Arizona, for his reaction to the startling report.
Henry said the federal government failed to do its job, instead leaving it up to local law enforcement.
Danielle Bennett, from the Department of Homeland Security, put out a statement that reads:
“…In the fiscal year 2013 the agency removed 216,000 convicted criminals. The percentage of criminals removed continues to rise. Nearly 60 percent of ICE’s total removals had been previously convicted of a criminal offense, and that number rises to 82 percent for individuals removed from the interior of the U.S. …”
Henry said in reality, it’s a revolving door for illegal immigrants. Just last week, his officers arrested a man who had been deported 14 times to supposedly smuggle marijuana.
“The federal government believes that if you give someone that doesn’t have standing in the country … that if they sign a piece of paper with a promise to appear at a future court date … that they’re going to come back. I beg to differ,” he said, calling the system disingenuous.