Republican Senators have already publicly accused President Obama of assuming authority he does not have under the Constitution in the way he is not enforcing immigration law.
It turns out that actions have consequences.
According to The Washington Times: “Feds released hundreds of immigrant murderers, drunk drivers, sex-crimes convicts.”
Immigration officials knowingly released dozens of murderers and thousands of drunken drivers back into the U.S. in 2013, according to Obama administration statistics that could undercut the president’s argument that he is trying to focus on the most serious criminals in his immigration enforcement.
Among the 36,000 immigrants whom U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released from custody last year there were 116 with convictions for homicide, 43 for negligent manslaughter, 14 for voluntary manslaughter and one with a conviction classified by ICE as “homicide-willful kill-public official-gun.”
The immigrants were in deportation proceedings, meaning ICE was trying to remove them from the country and could have held them in detention but released them anyway, according to the Center for Immigration Studies, which published the numbers Monday. The Washington Times also obtained the data.
What is the reason for this? The story is unclear. In general, I think the lesson here is that when one man decides to usurp the legislative function in the government and decide on his own authority when or how to enforce the law, that he is not able to do so in a rational manner.
If nothing else, this report means the President has, once again, made false promises.
Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the Center for Immigration Studies, said the numbers undercut the Obama administration’s argument that it is trying to keep its enforcement efforts targeted at dangerous criminals.
“We keep hearing from the administration that they are focused like a laser on enforcement against the worst of the worst, convicted criminals, as their top priority. On the other hand, they are releasing, at a rate of about 100 a day, aliens from their custody with criminal convictions, and many of them are serious criminal convictions,” she said.
What is fascinating about this is that it shows illegal aliens getting more lenient treatment than Americans would get.