According to the Washington Times, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement freed and released 121 immigrants between 2010 and 2014. Between the 121 immigrants released, a total of 135 homicide-related crimes were committed. In 2015, another three immigrants were charged with murders, bringing a total number of 124 murder suspects the government had in custody, and then released.
There have been more than 100 illegal immigrants caught by, and then released, by the Obama administration, all who have gone on to be charged with murders after their release.
A report being released Monday by the Center for Immigration studies reports that two of the immigrants in question had been convicted of homicide, released, and are now being charged again with new murders after being set free. The other illegal immigrants to be released had stacked up 464 charges, such as drinking and driving and drugs, prior to homicide charges.
Congress was granted access to the information by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and was analyzed by Jessica Vaughan at the Center for Immigration Studies.
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The information was released to Congress by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Jessica Vaughan at the Center for Immigration Studies analyzed the data and said it shows dangerous practices.
“The names of the criminal aliens were redacted by the Judiciary Committee, but the list presumably includes murderers like Apolinar Altamirano, an illegal alien who was arrested by ICE in 2013 following his conviction on local charges involving a burglary and abduction, but who was released on a $10,000 bond and permitted to remain free and elect to have deportation proceedings that would take years to complete. In January 2015 Altamirano shot and killed 21-year-old Grant Ronnebeck while he was working at a convenience store where Altamirano had come to buy cigarettes,” Ms. Vaughan wrote.
Over 156 immigrants with criminal records were released at least twice by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Washington Times reports that the released immigrants averaged more than 11 criminal charges per person.
“These criminal aliens racked up a total of 243 additional convictions after being freed from ICE. The largest number (24) were for drunk or drugged driving, but they also included drug offenses, burglary, theft and larceny, and sex offenses,” Ms. Vaughan wrote.
Fox News reports that Ms. Vaughn added that 75 percent of the immigrants were released due to court orders, or because their countries wouldn’t take them back.
Her report claimed that in 2014, Immigration and Customs Enforcement released 30,558 criminal immigrants who had been convicted of 92,347 crimes. Only 3 percent of those illegal immigrants have been deported.
Her analysis is the latest review of Obama’s open-border immigration policy. Even with the high number of illegal immigrants charged with murder, the list does not include immigrants released by over 300 so-called “sanctuary cities,” and the immigrants Immigration and Customs Enforcement declined to take into custody.
“Presumably, some of these aliens are again incarcerated or in ICE custody following conviction for the 2,560 new crimes after their release by ICE,” Vaughan writes.
“However, ICE reports that 28,017 still had a pending immigration case as of July 25, 2015, suggesting that many of these released criminal aliens will remain here for some time under Obama administration policies that allow them to elect for drawn-out immigration court proceedings rather than accelerated forms of due process and removal.”
Vaughan is calling for more clarity and more accountability from Immigration and Customs Enforcement with regard to illegal immigrants charged and convicted of crimes.
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