A new study by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) released March 30, shows that Immigration and Customs Enforcement(ICE) released more than 68,000 criminal aliens back onto the street after being encountered by ICE. “In 2013, ICE targeted only 195,000, or 25 percent, out of 722,000 potentially deportable aliens they encountered,” according to CIS’s Jessica Vaughan, the report’s author. Of those 195,000 that were processed by ICE, another 68,000 were released.
Criminal aliens refers to aliens who have committed and were convicted of a non-traffic violation.
According to a report by Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, the vast majority of aliens illegally within the United States who were deported last year fit into one of four categories:
· A conviction for committing a serious criminal offense,
· An apprehension made while the individual is crossing the border
· The resurfacing of someone previously deported
· An alien that has been a fugitive from the law
More than 99 percent of all deported aliens fell into one of these categories. “Those who do not facially meet the Administration’s select ‘priorities’ are free to illegally work in the United States and to receive taxpayer benefits, regardless of whether or not they come into contact with immigration enforcement.” Session’s staff wrote.
Session’s report comes in stark contrast to an accusation by the National Council of La Raza whose leader called President Obama “Deporter In Chief.”
The Obama administration has claimed to be dedicated to enforcing the immigration laws, showing statistics that claim that more people are being deported than in the previous administration, except the Obama administration has lumped the apprehensions made by the U.S. Border Patrol with those made by ICE while previous administrations have kept the statistics separate.