According to a report from the Center for Immigration Studies, the Obama Administration has released 35 percent of convicted illegal immigrants back into the general population rather than deporting them.
The author of the report, Center of Immigration Studies’ Jessica Vaughan, says “The criminal alien releases typically occur without formal notice to local law enforcement agencies and victims.” About 68,000 illegal immigrants who have been convicted of a crime have been released, according to the report’s metrics.
More so, these numbers only include illegals that have been convicted of non-traffic felonies or misdemeanors. Driving under the influence and even vehicular manslaughter don’t count toward these statistics.
Aside from releasing a large amount of convicted aliens back into the population, ICE has not been deporting most of the convicted aliens that they target. According to Vaughan, “In 2013, ICE targeted only 195,000, or 25 percent, out of 722,000 potentially deportable aliens they encountered. Most of these aliens came to ICE’s attention after incarceration for a local arrest.”
On the heels of these findings, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions has alleged that immigration laws in the US have basically ceased to exist. In an interview with the press, Sessions said “The preponderance of the evidence demonstrates that immigration enforcement in America has collapsed. Even those with criminal convictions are being released. DHS is a department in crisis. Secretary [Jeh] Johnson must reject the President’s demands to weaken enforcement further and tell him that his duty, and his officers’ duty, is to enforce the law – not break it. As Homeland Secretary, Mr. Johnson is tasked with ensuring the public safety and the rule of law. But Secretary Johnson is not meeting these duties.”
According to the report, San Antonio has seen the highest percentage of illegal immigrants convicted of a crime released back into the general population, followed by New York City and Washington D.C. Other states with especially high percentages include Houston, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Phoenix, Newark, and Buffalo.