American Elephants

ICE Released 36,000 Criminal Alien Immigrants In 2013 From Detention by The Elephant's Child


In 2013, the Obama administration released 36,000 criminal illegal aliens from detention into the general United States population.  They were detained awaiting the outcome of deportation proceedings. The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) released a report on the group which included aliens convicted of hundreds of serious and violent crimes. CIS documented a sampling of the nearly 88,000 convictions:

  • 193 homicide convictions (including one willful murder of a public official with a gun)
  • 426 sexual assault convictions
  • 303 kidnapping convictions
  • 1,075 aggravated assault convictions
  • 1.260 stolen vehicle convictions
  • 9,187 dangerous drug convictions
  • 16,070 drunk or drugged driving convictions
  • 303 flight escape convictions

It should be noted that the 36,007 criminal aliens counted here are a different set of cases from the 68,000 releases reported earlier who were cases of alien criminals encountered by ICE officers, usually in jails, but were released in lieu of processing them for immigration removal charges in that year.

The majority of these releases were discretionary or even contrary to the requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act. A small share, fewer than 3,000, were released in accordance with a 2001 Supreme Court decision which prevents ICE from indefinitely detaining certain aliens whose countries will not take them back. Another small number may have been released in exchange for their cooperation with ICE or another law enforcement agency.

The president has asked Congress for permission to reduce detention of immigrants by 10 percent in order to make more use of “experimental alternatives” to detention as part of his budget reduction program. This comes just when ICE’s detention needs are growing. ICE  devotes few resources to aid for victims, except for victims of human trafficking nor is there notification to the public when nearly 100 per day criminal aliens are released.

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson will soon release the results of a review of deportation policies “ordered by the president in response to immigrant advocacy group protests. The expectation is that this will expand even more the number and categories of illegals who are effectively exempt from immigration enforcement, and more will be released rather than deported.

There was a story a while back about ICE agents suing the administration for being prevented from following the law, but I don’t know what happened to that case.

ADDENDUM: Obama stresses to his supporters what a major priority amnesty is for him this year. It is known that illegals are likely to vote to support big government and generous welfare, but I’m not sure just how Obama plans to allow them to vote this year. They are not citizens.


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This is an example of the president using the law to harm the country. More violent criminals means more violent crime.


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