121 Dead, Thanks to Obama Immigration Rules?

Obama immigration policies set loose illegal immigrants who subsequently murdered others. More than a hundred were killed by released immigrants.

I guess the lesson here is that executive actions have consequences.

From the Washington Times: “121 murders attributed to illegals released by Obama administration.”

More than 100 immigrants whom the Obama administration released back into the community went on to be charged with subsequent killings, according to government data released Monday that raises more questions about whether immigration authorities are doing enough to detail illegal immigrants awaiting deportation.

In one case, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement acknowledged that its agents didn’t find out about an illegal immigrant’s death threats and court injunctions against him — which should have put him back in detention — until after the man was accused of murder.

That case, involving Apolinar Altamirano, is the latest instance of someone who went through the Obama administration’s deportation system and was released, only to go on to be charged with major crimes.

ICE officials say they don’t regularly notify local authorities when they release an immigrant and don’t have a way of finding out from those authorities whether a former detainee gets into trouble with the law, so they didn’t know whether Mr. Altamirano’s $10,000 bond should have been revoked.

“ICE was not aware of the injunctions against Mr. Altamirano until after his January 22, 2015 arrest for first-degree murder, armed robbery and related offenses,” the agency said in a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, and Sen. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican in whose state the killing occurred.

All told, 121 immigrants who were held but eventually released by ICE went on to commit “homicide-related offenses” from 2010 through 2014, the agency said.

[See also, “Obamatrade Immigration Rules Relax Standards for Turkey and Pakistan.”]

A little over fifty of those releases were mandated by another, higher authority so that ICE had to comply, but the rest were at ICE discretion.

It would be nice if the relatives of the victims sued ICE for wrongful death. But the courts would probably protect the bureaucrats.