A local official in Virginia contends that criminal illegal aliens are being given greater privacy rights than American citizens convicted of crimes.
“If you are an illegal alien, the local police have no way of knowing where you are, because ICE will not tell you,” Corey Stewart, the chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, told radio host Laura Ingraham on Friday.
“The American citizens that have been convicted are being treated worse than illegal immigrants convicted for the same crimes, and this is happening repeatedly across our nation.”
Stewart said that since 2008 his county has handed over 7,000 criminal illegal aliens to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He contends that while ICE will not provide details of the criminal aliens’ movements, it is clear that many of them are merely being released back into the community, as 773 of them have been re-arrested in the county.
“These are people who weren’t just here illegally, but committed crimes in our community,” Stewart said, while lamenting his community’s inability to track criminal aliens.
Earlier this week, Stewart and other county supervisors voted in support of a measure to allow the county to file Freedom of Information Act requests with ICE to determine the whereabouts of the individuals handed over to ICE.
He says one roadblock thus far has been the ICE’s concern with criminal aliens’ privacy — something that he calls a double-standard when compared to how American criminals are treated.
“[The Administration] won’t even confirm that they’ve deported child predators, sex offenders, rapists, very serious criminals, that we are finding popping up in our community,” Stewart told Ingraham.
He pointed out that American citizens convicted of sex crimes are required to register with local law enforcement agencies under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act.
“The justification that the Obama Administration gives, when one inquires about the whereabouts of the 7,000 convicted
illegal immigrants handed over to ICE, is shocking….privacy,” he told Ingraham.
“If you or I committed a crime, it’s public information, it’s in the newspaper. But if an illegal alien commits a crime and is subsequently deported or released, that information is private,” said Stewart.
He maintained that the general public supports the direct deportation of criminal aliens, pointing out that 75 percent of his predominantly minority and Democratic county approves of such a measure.
“This policy crosses racial and political lines. When the truth comes out that the Obama Administration is releasing criminal aliens that commit additional crimes…that is not something the American people will take kindly to.”