Nearly 180,000 criminal illegal aliens ordered deported but still at large
Sweet dreams, America. What you don't know won't hurt you - probably.
The Department of Homeland Security told the Senate immigration subcommittee that nearly 1 million illegal aliens who have been ordered to leave the country are still at large, with 179,027 of them possessing criminal records.
The release came the same day that two top lawmakers, the chairman of the House and Senate judiciary committees, demanded answers on how a man who’d been deported twice before snuck back into the U.S. and, according to a criminal complaint, then kidnapped and raped his estranged girlfriend.
The level of criminal behavior by immigrants — both legal and illegal — has become a key part of the current political debate over immigration, border fencing and birthright citizenship.
But the federal government does not have any way of tracking the overall criminal behavior of immigrants, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency that detains and deports illegal immigrants, admitted in the information provided to the Senate.
“ICE is unable to statistically report on the number of aliens who have been arrested for criminal offenses,” the agency said.
ICE did, however, say it is making headway on trying to get sanctuary cities to cooperate with its new slimmed-down deportation program, known as the Priority Enforcement Program, or PEP.
A deportation program that rarely deports anyone. Does that sound like a government operation or what?
Of 340 jurisdictions identified as sanctuary cities or counties, ICE says more than half have expressed interest in cooperating with the PEP.
What that means, exactly, is still unclear, because some jurisdictions have said they will only partially comply — yet are included on the government’s list of cooperators.
All told, there are 918,369 immigrants living in the U.S. who have been ordered deported. Some of them are here under special court rulings or administration decisions that prevent them from being sent back to specific countries, while others just aren’t deemed serious enough criminals by the Obama administration to worry about.
Of the total, 179,027 have criminal convictions.
It's hard to look at those figures and not be alarmed. But apparently, many in Congress and the White House don't give it much thought. No doubt many of those criminal convictions are for non-violent offenses. But if only 10% of the 180,000 criminal illegals were convicted of a violent crime, thats 18,000 additional violent offenders on the streets ready to prey on unsuspecting Americans. They are unsuspecting because the government can't - and won't tell them about the problem.
Of course, even if they are deported, their chances of making it back into the country are pretty good thanks to our porous border. But to not even try to get a handle on the problem of criminals who refuse to be deported is negligent and any crimes the illegals commit are directly on the head of the federal government.