121 alien convicts ICE should have deported now face murder charges

President Obama has claimed that prosecutorial discretion is the basis for his executive actions amounting to amnesty for illegal aliens. But the evidence is that no real discretion is being exercised.  Joel Gehrke of NRO has the story:

One hundred twenty-one illegal immigrants now facing murder charges were previously released by federal officials from 2010 to 2014, despite President Obama’s previous assurances that his administration is focusing its resources on the deportation of violent criminals. The Obama administration released the figures to Congress in a May 28 letter. “Between FY 2010 and FY 2014, there were 121 unique criminal aliens who had an active case at the time of release and were subsequently charged with homicide-related offenses,” Sarah Saldaña, the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, wrote in a letter to Senate Judiciary Commitee chairman Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) and Senator Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.).

In fairness, some of the releases were due to incompetence, the failure of ICE to complete a deportation process within six months, as opposed to negligence,  the release of a dangerous criminal with no thought whatsoever.

A friend reminded me of Adam Smith’s words, summing up the effect on the American people:

“...reflect that mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent, and oppose to the emotions of compassion which they feel for a particular person, a more enlarged compassion which they feel for mankind”