ICE released 68,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records last year

posted at 11:21 am on March 31, 2014 by Allahpundit

This isn’t exclusively an “Obama problem” — the boss emeritus has been scorching ICE for its catch-and-release policies for ages, starting long before O took office — but it’s important counterprogramming to the left’s narrative that Obama is some sort of fanatic about deporting illegals. Jeff Sessions put one hole in that balloon last week when his office ran the numbers and found that that if you’re here illegally and don’t have a criminal record, you’re already basically exempt from deportation. ICE won’t touch you, whether because you qualify for some sort of statutory exclusion or because Obama’s definition of “prosecutorial discretion” means that he can refuse to enforce the law in hundreds of thousands of cases.

Now here comes Mark Krikorian’s Center for Immigration Studies to add another puncture: Even among illegals who do have criminal records (not including traffic violations), tens of thousands are being released back into their communities by ICE after apprehension. That’s fully 35 percent of “criminal aliens” whom they encountered.

These figures suggest that despite claims of a focus on public safety, the administration’s prosecutorial discretion criteria are allowing factors such as family relationships, political considerations, or attention from advocacy groups to trump criminal convictions as a factor leading to deportation.

For example, the prosecutorial discretion directives issued by ICE headquarters instruct officers to release illegal aliens if the alien is a parent or caregiver, if the alien claims to be in school, if the alien has been here a long time, or if the alien claims to be eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, among other factors.8 If an alien is found to have applied for legal status, protocol requires the deportation charges be put on hold, and the benefits application may be expedited, presumably to spare the alien the consequences a criminal conviction might have on the alien’s eligibility for the legal status. In addition, ICE agents and officers have been instructed to ignore convictions for state crimes if the conviction occurred under a state law that the administration opposes or thinks is too harsh. Finally, many criminal aliens have been released from ICE custody, received case continuances, and sometimes even case dismissals as a result of petitions, protests, and vigils staged by illegal alien advocacy groups.

One locality that has been specifically targeted by ICE for politically motivated prosecutorial discretion is Maricopa County, Ariz. ICE attorneys in the Arizona field office reportedly are required to terminate deportation cases in which illegal aliens have been convicted of felony identity theft, which is a “crime involving moral turpitude” that requires mandatory detention and should cause the alien to be removed.

According to a House Judiciary report on ICE’s 2012 numbers flagged by CIS, 26,000 “criminal illegals” were released last year and then went on to commit more than 4,000 major felonies, including 59 murders. My assumption is that most of the criminals they’re releasing have been convicted of nonviolent offenses, like identity theft (mentioned above) or drug use; the administration has, in theory, a powerful political incentive to send violent criminals home before they do something ghastly here that gins up a round of bad press that’s unhelpful to the cause of amnesty. The House Judiciary numbers confound that assumption, though. INS is guaranteeing that thousands of otherwise preventable crimes, some violent, will be committed by going easy on a population of criminal illegals that approaches 70,000.

Why would CIS showcase this data now, though? Because, as you hopefully remember, Obama’s in the process of caving to amnesty fans by ordering DHS to review its deportation procedures to make them “more humane.” Immigration activists have been in his face for months demanding that he at least lighten up on deportations if he’s not prepared to impose a formal moratorium for all illegals. But he already has lightened up on non-criminal illegals, as noted above; to find any extra leniency, ICE will have to go even easier on the criminal class. A report like this won’t stop Obama from doing that in the name of pandering to the left with leniency generally — lefty media won’t carry it, after all, and even if they did, what liberal’s mind will change because of it? — but it might make Republican fencesitters in the House a bit more jittery about a new amnesty push. Who wants to confront an angry voter at a townhall with this information at his or her fingertips?

The grand irony here, courtesy of the Times, is that the left’s narrative about Obama being a deportation hard-ass has worked so well among Latino voters that … it risks suppressing their turnout for Democrats in the midterms and beyond. The White House itself has occasionally pushed that message to parry the GOP’s claim that O is some kind of unprecedented softie on immigration, and now it’s at risk of blowing up in their faces. Imagine if the big Republican rethink on immigration after 2012, with reform once again stalled in the Republican-controlled House, actually ends up with a backlash against Democrats because President Overreach declined to unilaterally amnestize 11 million people himself. Too funny.


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Cold as ICE

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2014 at 11:22 AM

If you capture the Drudge screen, you can tell your kids/grandkids one day what the USA looked like on 3/31/14.

- Imported criminals and D-voters
- obama feasts in Saudi Arabia, where the people live in the 3rd century
- obama’care’ disaster

Kirsten Powers didn’t defend obama’care’, because no one can. Oh, but Axelturd calls you “racists” if you say it’s not a success.

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2014 at 11:25 AM

These are not “enforcement” policies. These are the policies of a regime that wants to destroy America from within.

Whitey Ford on March 31, 2014 at 11:26 AM

obama destroys the USA, apace.

He’s the most successful president, evah. He is doing exactly what he said he would.

Media/Soros, looters, Rs and sheepledom, you’re all guilty!

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2014 at 11:27 AM

When the government thinks it’s above the law, and shamelessly abuses its power in the name of political expediency, this is what we get….another clusterfark.

Athos on March 31, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Btw, the Pope opposes all deportations of illegal aliens from the US. It was one of the main topics discussed, that and amnesty. Don’t be fooled by what obama said they talked about.

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Is this impeachable?

portlandon on March 31, 2014 at 11:28 AM

This isn’t exclusively an “Obama problem”

uh no, but he had made it exponentially worse…

PatriotRider on March 31, 2014 at 11:29 AM

LilliPutin realized, especially after obama was re-elected, that the USA is dead. He figured out that the USA and the West have no principles left and are just hypocrites, preaching at the world, stuffing their pockets with dough and power.

Putin doesn’t suffer fools.

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2014 at 11:29 AM

If there was any justice in this world, Obama would be impeached. Nixon was forced from office for less than what this man has done.

Jack_Burton on March 31, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Is this impeachable?

portlandon on March 31, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Is the senate crooked?

Is Holder an honest broker?

Is the stock market real?

Is the sky blue?

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Btw, the Pope opposes all deportations of illegal aliens from the US. It was one of the main topics discussed, that and amnesty. Don’t be fooled by what obama said they talked about.

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Face it, that was a meaningless photo-op for the rat-eared wonder and an excuse for the Yeti and Brats to go on a European vacation after they finished up petting the pandas. Equally meaningless was the photo-op the next day in Saudi Arabia.

Presidents that are weak at home go abroad and use the power of the Presidency to look important. But with this ignorant thin-skinned bastard it just made the Presidency look all that much smaller in comparison to those around him. He looks like a midget when he and Putin are in the same room.

Happy Nomad on March 31, 2014 at 11:33 AM

At what point do the MSNBC/NYT media types just throw up their hands and quit trying to cover for his lies and deception?

Tater Salad on March 31, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Problem:

the administration has, in theory, a powerful political incentive to send violent criminals home before they do something ghastly here that gins up a round of bad press that’s unhelpful to the cause of amnesty.

Solution:

Legacy Media does not report on illegal aliens raping, murdering and harming Americans and legal immigrants or, if they have to report on a story, choose to “exclude” the immigration status of the criminal.

Problem solved!

visions on March 31, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Is the senate crooked?

Is Holder an honest broker?

Is the stock market real?

Is the sky blue?

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Yes, no, no, sorta yes.

The House could easily impeach this bastard on any number of Constitutional violations but Boehner is a despicable liberal scumbag who won’t even call the administration to account because the Senate Dems would not uphold the conviction. Can’t have the first black President get into trouble no matter how corrupt and evil he might be.

Happy Nomad on March 31, 2014 at 11:36 AM

He looks like a midget when he and Putin are in the same room.

Happy Nomad on March 31, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Yep, LilliPutin looks tall next to the lilliputian. It’s something to behold.

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2014 at 11:37 AM

I’m for a sensible guest worker program (no amnesty ever and we need the workers if we are going to pay Americans to sit on their ass), however at no time under any law should an illegal immigrant or guest worker who is caught committing a crime be allowed to stay.

Tater Salad on March 31, 2014 at 11:38 AM

From the Headline thread on the same story.

So honestly, I’m coming to the conclusion that the government WANTS to bring actual criminals and criminal gangs here.

Doomberg on March 31, 2014 at 10:15 AM

He’s got to get recruits into his citizen’s military force from somewhere. Obama knows that a large number of American citizens are armed and will fight against those trying to take our weapons.

Criminal illegal aliens are expendable don’t ya know.

Flora Duh on March 31, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Flora Duh on March 31, 2014 at 11:39 AM

At what point do the MSNBC/NYT media types just throw up their hands and quit trying to cover for his lies and deception?

Tater Salad on March 31, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Why would they? Lefties and Low Info voters live in a “bubble.” They don’t want to know what’s really going on.

Their feelings, especially their perception of their own self-righteousness, is paramount. What’s actually happening in the world is secondary, at best.

So when the Legacy Media and Left-wing news outlets and comedians choose not to report on important stories they are delivering exactly what their audience wants. Information that would make Obama look very bad, or even worse, reveal their Progressive ideology as unworkable and harmful, will not be reported.

visions on March 31, 2014 at 11:42 AM

I was just thinking last night, that when a Republican takes over the WH, I’d like to see every single orifice of government bureaucracy receive a thorough enema.

Flora Duh on March 31, 2014 at 8:21 AM

If only they’d have the fortitude…

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2014 at 11:47 AM

So when the Legacy Media and Left-wing news outlets and comedians choose not to report on important stories they are delivering exactly what their audience wants. Information that would make Obama look very bad, or even worse, reveal their Progressive ideology as unworkable and harmful, will not be reported.

visions on March 31, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Actually I think they have started to see the light, just a little. Not because they have given up on Obama, but out of self preservation. There is now a direct link between their viewership, circulation and credibility for being mouthpieces for this WH.

Tater Salad on March 31, 2014 at 11:47 AM

The Rs are more culpable than the Ds. Why is this released now and not sooner?

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2014 at 11:48 AM

My friend who ranches a little south of here, but still 200 miles from the TXMX border says “bail-outs” by illegals on his land have been increasing this year, from one or two groups a week to 6 or 7 (he helps the BP round them up, usually alive).

And recently, these haven’t been the usual Mexican demographic, but instead young males dressed in all dark clothing, with no packs or bags or water bottles, just a cell phone.

Many are dark complected but a significant number are Chinese.

Just more huddled masses, yearning to breathe free…

Pless1foEngrish on March 31, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Gee, I wonder why the system is broken as they say? Could it be that we never enforce the existing laws?

Doughboy on March 31, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Democrats thrive on lawlessness. They want illegally armed thugs roaming the streets, owning entire neighborhoods. It’s just another way to keep their charges from wandering off their plantation.

Keep them fearful, uneducated, and unarmed. They’ll have no choice but to cry to the government for help. The government needs only to make sure that help is doled out sparingly and conditionally.

CurtZHP on March 31, 2014 at 11:52 AM

872,504 illegal aliens who were ordered ‘removed’ by immigration authorities ignored the order and remain at large in this nation.

Internal DHS Immigration Document

thatsafactjack on March 31, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Borders? What borders?

Anarchy at the top levels.

albill on March 31, 2014 at 11:55 AM

CurtZHP on March 31, 2014 at 11:52 AM

This is the party of ‘never let a crisis go to waste’…

…and if the crisis du jour isn’t big enough, just make it bigger and then leverage it in the name of political expediency.

Don’t have a crisis? Create one, and with the MSM, blame it on your political opponents.

Athos on March 31, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Maybe the public can start making citizens arrests of illegals.

Sven on March 31, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Couldn’t this be what Obama meant when he said he’d invoke (more) executive actions if Congress didn’t act in fast enough in the next few months? He’s not waiting.

I just want to say that this is a big change from ICE policy a few years ago. My sister-in-law was here legally on a visitors visa that was about to expire and ICE agents showed up at our door at 5am ready to escort her to the airport. She never committed any crime, her whole family was here in the US as naturalized citizens and her visa expired that day, so technically she was not overstaying her visa. This enforcement has always been irrational; now it’s just fading out altogether. It’s indefensible.

ImmigrantsWife on March 31, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Given that Obama has never adequately proven his own citizenship, I demand that HE be deported.

ConstantineXI on March 31, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Maybe the public can start making citizens arrests of illegals.

Sven on March 31, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Maybe we should start making citizens arrests of Federal government officials too.

Starting with Eric Holder.

ConstantineXI on March 31, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Here in Maricopa County, Arizona, both Sheriff Joe, and County Attorney Bill Montgomery are wondering why they’re seeing the same criminals cycle thru the system. Evidently when they hand them over to ICE – they’re being released – unfortunately, not without consequences.

In Phoenix, Jesus Cabrera-Molina admitted he was drunk and high on cocaine the night his SUV struck and killed Phoenix Police Officer Daryl Raetz — but he denies he was behind the wheel. Witnesses disagree, and Phoenix police have charged Molina with manslaughter.

Phoenix police say a 25-year-old officer was killed by a suspected drunk driver who was in the country illegally. Officer Shane Figueroa died early in the morning while responding to a call west of downtown Phoenix. Police say that as Figueroa was responding, 50-year-old Jose Gonzalez slammed his pickup truck into the officer’s car.

Police say there are four warrants for Gonzalez’s arrest under a different name, two of which are for DUI. He was booked on charges including manslaughter and assault.

The man who shot and killed a Phoenix police officer before he himself later was fatally shot by authorities was an illegal immigrant, a federal official said Wednesday.

Erik Jovani Martinez, 22, was in the country illegally last year when he was arrested and convicted on sex charges, said Vinnie Picard, a spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

He said Martinez was deported on March 3 last year, and at some point re-entered the country illegally.

Hill60 on March 31, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Catch em….sign em’ up for Obamacare and a democrat party voter card…and release em’

workingclass artist on March 31, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Is this impeachable?

portlandon on March 31, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Depends on which version of the US Constitution you’re looking at.

workingclass artist on March 31, 2014 at 12:21 PM

The White House itself has occasionally pushed that message to parry the GOP’s claim that O is some kind of unprecedented softie on immigration

That is part of the reason, but it was also his way of saying to the useful idiots in his base “Hey my hands are tied so you better get out there and get the votes I need so we can accomplish our legislative goals.”

Wigglesworth on March 31, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Democrats thrive on lawlessness. They want illegally armed thugs roaming the streets, owning entire neighborhoods. It’s just another way to keep their charges from wandering off their plantation.

Keep them fearful, uneducated, and unarmed. They’ll have no choice but to cry to the government for help. The government needs only to make sure that help is doled out sparingly and conditionally.

CurtZHP on March 31, 2014 at 11:52 AM

White Privilege…and kwitcher b*tchin’

workingclass artist on March 31, 2014 at 12:23 PM

In Obamaworld….Crime Pays

workingclass artist on March 31, 2014 at 12:25 PM

…if one of them harms someone in my family…who do I go get?

KOOLAID2 on March 31, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Maricopa County, Ariz. ICE attorneys in the Arizona field office reportedly are required to terminate deportation cases in which illegal aliens have been convicted of felony identity theft, which is a “crime involving moral turpitude” that requires mandatory detention and should cause the alien to be removed.

Yes, and it’s just a coincidence that AZ is the #1 state in the nation for ID theft.

But that’s okay, because everybody knows Arizonans are just a bunch of raaaaacists anyway, and clearly deserve to be victimized by hordes of illegal alien criminals. After all, it’s not “fair” for AZ taxpayers and citizens to have AZ drivers’ licenses and voter ID cards when hundreds of thousands of non-taxpaying, criminal foreigners living here illegally don’t!

AZCoyote on March 31, 2014 at 12:37 PM

My friend who ranches a little south of here, but still 200 miles from the TXMX border says “bail-outs” by illegals on his land have been increasing this year, from one or two groups a week to 6 or 7 (he helps the BP round them up, usually alive).

And recently, these haven’t been the usual Mexican demographic, but instead young males dressed in all dark clothing, with no packs or bags or water bottles, just a cell phone.

Many are dark complected but a significant number are Chinese.

Just more huddled masses, yearning to breathe free…

Pless1foEngrish on March 31, 2014 at 11:49 AM

If the Red Chinese or Iranians really wanted to, over a period of years they could send in a few thousand highly trained fighters to act as a sleeper division. If we ever got into a hot war with those countries, imagine the damage an established fifth column could do.

slickwillie2001 on March 31, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Hill60 on March 31, 2014 at 12:17 PM

And yet AZ re-elected McCain!!!!!!!

Do they not correlate this news with open-borders Juan????

fred5678 on March 31, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Do people have any idea just how badly the citizens of this country are being screwed over?

rplat on March 31, 2014 at 1:54 PM

59 murders per 26,000 illegals??? The national murder rate is appears to be last reported at 4.7/100k, or 1.22/26k. That’s a murder rate pushing 50X the national average. It is even nearly 4X Dearborn, MI’s murder rate, the highest in the nation. (Assuming my work stress hasn’t borked my back-of-the-envelope math skills today). And that doesn’t include all the vehicular, mostly DUI related, homicides among that population.

That really is a stunning figure. If the number of children injured by negligent action of some kind with a firearm is a crisis as the left claims, this a national emergency, and an emergency directly caused by our federal government.

deepdiver on March 31, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Would what would happen if we actually ENFORCED the laws already on the book?

GarandFan on March 31, 2014 at 2:40 PM

TANGENTIAL: I count the hours when this shrieking pantload and his woookie bride are out of office and this vomit-inducing post photo and several of the others no longer appear on Hot Gas.

(It is 952 days, 19 hours, 42 minutes, 13 seconds, by the way..)

The War Planner on March 31, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Would what would happen if we actually ENFORCED the laws already on the book?

GarandFan

Lettuce would cost a gazillion dollars a head, and everyone’s lawn would become an impenetrable jungle of death and despair. Duh.

/sarc

xblade on March 31, 2014 at 3:58 PM

…if one of them harms someone in my family…who do I go get?

KOOLAID2 on March 31, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Smith and Wesson

Flora Duh on March 31, 2014 at 4:20 PM

And yet AZ re-elected McCain!!!!!!!

Do they not correlate this news with open-borders Juan????

fred5678 on March 31, 2014 at 1:27 PM

This is the kind of drivel he ran on back then… suckered a lot of people into believing he was going to do something about it. What a joke.

Hill60 on March 31, 2014 at 4:28 PM

This travesty of “unenforcement” may be the most egregious dereliction of duty by the US Govt., ever. Holder, Obama, the Progressives in the GOP, the DNC, Hispanic ethnic supremacy orgs., China, Catholic Bishops (current news reveals they’re pushing for amnesty “as a moral issue”)…combined, it’s Govt. employees (includes Obama, Holder, etc.) who are persisting in refusing to enforce our laws.

And it places the American population at increased, unreasonable risk accordingly.

Utter dereliction of duty by all employed in govt. jobs sworn, instead, to uphold, protect and defend the Constitution.

Sen. Jeff Sessions’ letter is superb in addressing this but it’s horrible that his letter is “so ‘unusual’” in it’s distinction.

Lourdes on March 31, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Related:

the boss emeritus

It’s endearing and sweet that this site continues to refer to site-founder Michelle Malkin as “the boss emeritus.” Long may she be respected as such.

Lourdes on March 31, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Sen. Jeff Sessions letter from January 2014 regarding the negative impact on our economy by unbridled, unrestricted, permissive immigration (mostly of the illegal/amnesty sort):

Memo to House GOP: Immigration Surge Would Harm American Workers
By Andrew Stiles
January 29, 2014 12:15 PM

House Republicans woke up after last night’s State of the Union address to find a missive on their desks from Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) and the GOP staff on the Senate Budget Committee. As House leaders prepare to hash out a way forward on immigration reform at their annual retreat this week, Sessions would like each member to consider ”The Economic Effects of Massive Immigration” before moving forward on a Gang of Eight–style reform package.

The ten-page document touches on an aspect of immigration reform that has been completely ignored by reform activists and the media, which continues to frame the debate as a question over whether illegal immigrants should be given a special pathway to citizenship. It asks House Republicans to consider whether a massive increase in legal (and low-skilled) immigration, as called for in the Senate bill, is advisable at a time when the economy is still struggling.

“Significantly increasing the inflow of immigrants would adversely shock an already weak economy, lower average wages, increase unemployment, and decrease each American’s share of national output,” the letter states. ”As the Congressional Budget Office observed in its evaluation of the Senate’s effort to increase immigration, the economy might be bigger because it would contain more people, but it would not be stronger.” (– Continued).

Lourdes on March 31, 2014 at 4:46 PM

And, more from and about Sen. Jeff Sessions:

Sessions: ‘Obama Administration has forgotten that our immigration laws are meant to protect the interests of Americans’

What is astounding to me is that Sessions is the clear-speaker in this, a nearly lone source of intelligence and wisdom…

Lourdes on March 31, 2014 at 4:48 PM

What’s stopping a lawyer from locating the victims of those 4000 preventable crimes and bringing a suit against the government?

hopeful on March 31, 2014 at 7:19 PM

ICE released 68,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records last year

Coming soon to a Sanctuary City near you.

I will only be voting for candidates who support ENFORCING OUR LAWS against ILLEGAL immigration in the 2014 Primary and General Elections.

wren on March 31, 2014 at 7:58 PM

If the Red Chinese or Iranians really wanted to, over a period of years they could send in a few thousand highly trained fighters to act as a sleeper division. If we ever got into a hot war with those countries, imagine the damage an established fifth column could do.

slickwillie2001 on March 31, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Alas, it wouldn’t take years. As the arrest last week of Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow shows, the Chinese Triad already has control of San Francisco’s Chinatown, in addition to relationships with California state level politicians.

Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, who was charged along with state Sen. Leland Yee on Wednesday, claims he has changed his ways since leaving prison in 2003.

Despite his pronouncements of being reformed, Chow remained very much at the heart of a criminal network, according to an affidavit by FBI Special Agent Emmanuel Pascua as federal officials on Wednesday revealed a sweeping prosecution alleging money laundering, weapons and narcotics trafficking and influence peddling, among other crimes. Twenty-six people, including Yee, were charged.

Chow holds a “supreme authority” position in the Triad, an international Chinese organized crime group; heads the Hop Sing Boys, a San Francisco street gang; and serves as the “dragon head,” or leader, of the Ghee Kung Tong, a Chinese brotherhood that allegedly provided cover for criminal operations after Chow took over in 2006, according to the affidavit.

http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Calif-state-Senator-Yee-case-Shrimp-Boy-5352840.php

If you want to imagine how much damage an established fifth column could do, read up on the Japanese sleeper cells were positioned inside the United States during World War II. The book I recommend on this topic is:

In Defense of Internment: The Case for Racial Profiling in World War II and the War on Terror by Michelle Malkin

The Boss Emeritus’ excellent book has the potential to open the eyes of even the most clueless liberals.

wren on March 31, 2014 at 8:24 PM