Around 30 countries are refusing to take back their own citizens who have committed crimes in the U.S. According to Democratic Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar, these countries do not accept the deportation of illegal immigrants to the U.S., who have committed serious crimes.
The Daily Caller reports:
While these countries are refusing to accept the deportations of these criminals, the U.S. government is still issuing visas and student visas to citizens of those countries, according to the Texan congressman. There is already a law on the books which allows the U.S. to hold visas from a country that is not taking back its criminals, but according to Cuellar, the U.S. is not enforcing it.
Cuellar had an interview to Sharyl Attkisson, host of Full Measure, saying that the law isn’t being enacted. “We’re not enforcing it, which is amazing. So now my intent is to go back to our committee on appropriations and affect their funding until they do that,” he said.
Because of a Supreme Court ruling that you can’t hold foreign criminals indefinitely, the lack of response from their home countries, “means you’re releasing criminals into our streets because those countries refuse to take back those criminal aliens,” Cuellar said. “That’s wrong. And especially I think it’s even worse that this is already on the books, and we’re still issuing business tourist visas and student visas to countries that refuse to take back their criminal aliens. That’s wrong, and we’re hoping to change that.”
Cuellar hopes to convince the government to withhold visas from countries which won’t accept deported criminals, saying that American lives are more important than diplomacy. Some of the countries in question are Vietnam, China and Cuba.