The Department of Homeland Security has released close to 166,000 convicted criminal illegal aliens in to the United States as of April 2014.
The frightening details from the 76 pages of Homeland Security documents released Monday show that many of the illegals set free by the agency were convicted of violent crimes like homicide, sexual assault, kidnapping and aggravated assault, according to a report released by Judicial Watch. The documents became available through a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch against the DHS after the agency originally failed to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the website.
“It’s appalling that we’ve had to sue in federal court to get key information about the Obama administration’s release of 165,950 convicted criminal aliens,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in the report. “These documents show the Obama administration is lying when it says that its ‘enforcement priorities’ include deporting illegal aliens who have committed heinous crimes.”
In addition to the nearly 166,000 criminal illegal aliens released by the DHS, the agency ordered more than 700,000 non-criminal illegal aliens to self-deport themselves from the country. After their release there is nothing to stop the illegal aliens from moving freely about the United States, which is exactly what they did, according to the Judicial Watch report.
The documents also detailed difficulties Immigration and Customs Enforcement has enforcing immigration laws when some cities are uncooperative with federal agents and local policies interfere with the federal laws to provide “sanctuary” for the illegal alien criminals.
One email cited in the report highlighted this practice when immigration officials in Montgomery County, Md., were prevented from interviewing an illegal alien who was in jail on rape charges. “ERO [Enforcement and Removal Operations] officers were also denied access to interview the alien at police station last Friday due to Montgomery County prohibitions against immigration enforcement,” the email said.
Another DHS report released last week showed that ICE officers released an additional 30,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records in 2014, bringing the grand total of known criminal illegals released by the Obama administration to 195,900.
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