Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson is in the process of requesting an internal investigation of the release of thousands of criminal aliens who were convicted of crimes committed in the United States who should have been deported upon release. Johnson told members of the House of Representatives that he wishes to examine the issue and its impact on public safety according the media reports on Thursday.
The DHS released a report earlier this month that showed they freed 36,007 convicted criminal immigrants in 2013 who were facing deportation. Included in those figures criminal aliens who were convicted for 193 homicides and 426 sexual assaults .
News stories of the early releases angered lawmakers who accused President Barack Obama of not enforcing the federal laws addressing immigration. The House Judiciary Committee chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., claims that these releases needlessly endanger Americans lives.
The White House said this week it asked Johnson to delay his probe until the end of the summer. Many believe this is a ploy to avoid the results of the investigation being released before election day in November.
"History shows that when criminals are freed many of them commit more crimes in a short period of time. In 2011, the House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed the Department of Homeland Security to obtain information on unlawful and criminal aliens identified by law enforcement authorities but who were not taken into custody or placed in removal proceedings. The facts disclosed that 17% of unlawful and criminal aliens released were soon rearrested on criminal charges, including murder, assault, battery, rape, and kidnapping," said Rep. Goodlatte in his letter to Secretary Johnson.
In an Examiner news story in 2011, sources said:
"In the 2011 fiscal year, ICE officials claim they deported more than 396,000 illegal immigrants nationwide -- the largest number in the agency's history, ICE officials said in a statement released yesterday. Of these, nearly 55 percent or more than 216,000 of the people deported were convicted of felonies or misdemeanors -- an 89 percent increase since FY 2008 when George W. Bush was president."
"All one needs to do is compare the press releases issued by ICE during the Obama years and the Bush years to see they are not focusing on enforcing the nation's immigration laws these days," a Border Patrol agent told the Law Enforcement Examiner.
"During the Bush administration, the majority of press releases highlighted the capture of illegal aliens working at companies across the nation. They even nabbed illegal aliens working at high-security facilities run by the U.S. government. Today, the majority of the press releases are issued with regard to child pornography, counterfeit designer clothing and accessories, and even drug arrests," said the Law Enforcement Examiner source who demanded anonymity."