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DHS Secretary mulls release of criminal aliens

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According to the Department of Homeland Securities’ records, thousands of criminal aliens who were awaiting deportation have been released back onto the street.

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson is requesting a review of the release of the tens of thousands of criminal aliens because “he wants a deeper understanding of the issue” according to a May 29th CBS report. Republican lawmakers are demanding answers and several have stated that the practice is endangering the lives of Americans.

Government data released by the Center for Immigration Studies, reveals that more than 36,000 immigrants who have been convicted of a crime and awaiting deportation were released back onto the street. This included 193 homicide convictions, 426 sexual assault convictions, 9,187 dangerous drug convictions and more than 16,000 DUI convictions.

A 2012 report by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services shows that more than 800,000 subjects, who have been ordered deported, are still living within the United States. This includes both aliens convicted of other criminal offences and those who have been deported only because of their illegal status.

Lawfully Admitted Permanent Residents(LAPR’s), often known as Green Card Holders, can be deported if they are convicted of certain Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude(CIMT’s) but cannot be deported for such offenses as DUI’s and other traffic offenses. According to the cited report most of the criminal aliens released were not LAPR’s but were illegally within the United States with no legal status to remain.