There is little doubt Donald Trump will be all over this issue and rightly so. There really is no reason to do anything other than deport illegal immigrants who commit crimes, particularly violent crimes. It turns out, instead of doing that, the Obama administration has actually been releasing them and guess what? They become repeat offenders at an alarming rate.
The Boston Globe did the legwork here and what they have found is pretty insane:
They were among the nation’s top priorities for deportation, criminals who were supposed to be sent back to their home countries. But instead they were released, one by one, in secret across the United States. Federal officials said that many of the criminals posed little threat to the public, but did little to verify whether that was true.
A Globe review of 323 criminals released in New England from 2008 to 2012 found that as many as 30 percent committed new offenses, including rape, attempted murder, and child molestation — a rate that is markedly higher than Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have suggested to Congress in the past.
The names of these criminals have never before been made public and are coming to light now only because the Globe sued the federal government for the list of criminals immigration authorities returned to neighborhoods across the country. A judge ordered the names released in 2013, and the Globe then undertook the work that the federal government didn’t, scouring court records to find out how many released criminals reoffended.
Are you freaking kidding me? It’s bad enough the criminals were released. The idea the government failed to follow up to see if they reoffended is absolutely inexcusable. The Globe published a searchable database that I suppose victims can use in order to make sure the criminals aren’t still walking the streets.
It gets worse:
The public rarely learns about ICE’s decisions to release criminals until something goes wrong — because immigration is the only law enforcement system in the United States that keeps such records secret.
ICE maintains that immigration records are generally private, and therefore exempt from disclosure under federal law. But others say the public should know who is making these decisions and why.
“There’s a serious question of who ICE represents. Who do they work for?” said Chester Fairlie, a lawyer for the mother of Casey Chadwick, a Connecticut woman murdered last year by a released criminal — a case that is intensifying calls for reform in ICE. “Public safety should trump any claim of privilege or confidentiality. It doesn’t come from statute. It doesn’t come from law. It comes from ICE deciding that that’s how it’s going to do things.”
ICE of course, claims they are powerless to do anything because of a Supreme Court ruling that says the government is not allow to indefinitely detain immigrants. The problem would be easier to solve however, if ICE didn’t treat their records though the information contained within them is classified.
ICE was ordered to release those records and what it did was shine a light on what turns out to be egregious lies:
Clear answers are hard to come by in a system that aggressively keeps its records from the public.
For example, ICE had insisted in court records that reoffenders were “isolated examples.” To Congress, ICE officials suggested that reoffenders were rare, less than 10 percent.
But the reoffender rate among the immigrants on the Globe’s list is clearly much higher, at 30 percent.
That’s just terrific. Read the entire story but make sure you have nothing around you that is breakable.
Just add this to the list of scandals involving this administration, for which nobody will be held to account for their incompetence (at best) or negligence.