Over 36,000 illegal immigrants were released nationally by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement; around 170 have murder convictions, Channel 2 Action News reports.
Although the addresses of the illegal immigrants haven't been released, records show that several were released into the metro Atlanta area. One had a residence in Cobb County's Mableton, and three others in Atlanta.
“As a law enforcement officer, I’m really disgusted with it. Plain disgusted with it,” Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren told local television stations.
Warren has a history of speaking out on the policy on immigration. In fact, he stated that he wonders if the convicted criminals' probation officers have any idea they are in the United States.
Carl Willis of Channel 2 attempted to reach out to ICE, but he was referred to a letter written by an assistant secretary.
"ICE had no discretion for the releases of many of these individuals. In general, the various types of releases from custody include bond, order of recognizance, order of supervision, alternatives to detention, and parole," the letter stated.
Only the zip codes of the illegal immigrants were released. Their names remain undisclosed.
"Sadly, we will probably never know if one of these convicted murderers does kill someone else,” said immigration watchdog, D.A. King.
A 2001 court decision mandates that immigration detention cannot be indefinite nor punitive. The Obama administration states that it's bound by the court's decision. This also applies if and when the illegal immigrants' countries refuse to take them back as citizens.