Data: Admin Released 121 Illegal Immigrants Accused of Murder from 2010-2014
More than 100 illegal immigrants who were released by the Obama administration are now facing murder or other homicide-related charges.
According to government data released Monday, the Obama administration has released 121 illegal immigrants between 2010 and 2014.
The illegal immigrants were scheduled for deportation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), but were never removed from the country.
The Washington Times reported:
It said 33 of those were ordered released by immigration courts and another 24 were released because of a 2001 Supreme Court decision capping the time an immigrant can be detained to six months. But a majority of the releases were at ICE’s discretion.
In a statement Monday, ICE said that a criminal record isn’t enough to qualify for mandatory detention under agency policies.
“When making custody determinations, ICE performs an individualized review of the individual’s immigration history and criminal history, pursuant to the Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA),” the agency said. “In accordance with the requirements of the INA, not all criminals are subject to mandatory detention and thus may be eligible for bond.”
Detention cannot be used as a further punishment for their crimes or for being in the country illegally, but rather must be used as a tool for further deportation.
Still, ICE stiffened its policies this year, insisting that a supervisor approve cases when the agency plans to release immigrants with serious criminal records.
Lt. Col. Allen West told Greta Van Susteren tonight that someone in the Obama administration needs to be held responsible for this situation.
"We cannot continue to put the American people at risk and their safety at risk because of these failures in the policy," West stated. "Sooner or later someone has to be held responsible for this."
West said there should be a "tracking mechanism or system" to monitor the illegal immigrants when they are released.
"There should be a better policy or system by which we don't allow people to be released," West said. "Look, we have base realignment enclosure facilities that the United States military has given up. Why aren't we housing them there?"
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