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Four ‘Aggravated Felon’ Illegals Are Still At Large

From the Washington Examiner:

ICE chief admits he could have sought alternatives to releasing illegal aliens, but didn’t

By Joel Gehrke | March 19, 2013

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton admitted that he could have avoided releasing 2,228 illegal immigrant detainees by asking Congress for flexibility under sequestration, but he never made an effort to do so.

“We can seek reprogramming requirements, that is absolutely true, Mr. Chairman, and we did not in this instance,” Morton told House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., during a hearing this afternoon. “I did not want to rob Peter to pay Paul. My view is that we need to maintain the operations of the agency, I did not want to furlough people, and my view is that I need to make rational decisions across the [agency accounts].” …

What nonsense. Even federal bureaucracies have limited budgets. They always have to decide how to prioritize their spending. And what greater priority could there be than protecting Americans from foreign criminals?

Morton’s answer not only makes clear that he could have avoided releasing those detainees — 70 percent of which had no criminal record, he emphasized — but also supports the Republican argument that President Obama already has the flexibility to handle the sequester.

Sorry, we’re still stuck on the part about how ‘only’ 70 percent had no criminal record. That means 30% of those who were released were convicted criminals.

In fact, Republicans have invited the Obama administration to “reprogram” the sequester.

“We sent out on Feb. 28 a letter to every Cabinet officer asking them what changes they’d like to have — pluses, subtractions and so on — to give them an opportunity to show us at least one program they would like to have cut, which would then save on sequestration,” Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, told The Washington Examiner’s Byron York. “We did not receive a single answer.”

Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., the ranking member on the committee, called the hearing much ado about nothing. “Ninety-three percent of the people released by ICE were non-criminals or low, low-level offenders,” Conyers said in his opening statement…

Aren’t these the same people who say that if even one person dies because of a gun, then the Second Amendment should be abolished? Moreover, as usual, Mr. Conyers is wrong.

Mr. Morton testified last week (see below) that ICE has so far released 2,228 detainees, 629 of whom were convicted criminals. Which is 28% of them.

Meanwhile, we have this via the Daily Caller:

Gowdy presses ICE Director Morton on aggravated felons released

By Caroline May | March 19, 2013

WASHINGTON — In a terse exchange with ICE Director John Morton on Tuesday, South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy accused the department head of endangering the safety of Americans with the recent release of over 2,200 illegal immigrant detainees, including aggravated felons.

Are these felons "aggravated" because they were released? For the record, "aggravated felons" are very serious, usually violent criminals. Murderers, kidnappers, major drug runners, etc.

The exchange, during a House Judiciary Committee hearing entitled “The Release of Criminal Detainees by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: Policy or Politics,” got heated as Gowdy assailed the administration’s response to sequestration.

“It does look like the decision to release the detainees was a political determination and not a monetary determination,” Gowdy said. “It appears to me that the release of the detainees was part of a sequester campaign that included the fictional firing of teachers, the closing of the White House for student tours, the displacement of meat inspectors and now we are going to release aggravated felons—some aggravated felons onto the street.” …

“Now I have counted six times you have said you didn’t want to rob Peter to pay Paul,” Gowdy continued, referencing the manner in which Morton explained the department’s funding decisions. “I don’t want Peter or Paul to rob one of our fellow citizens because you guessed wrong on who to release,” he added.

Gowdy, chairman of the House immigration subcommittee, asked for the number of level one offenders released…

“Eight were released, we have four presently,” Morton responded. “Two were released when the computer records were not correct and we went back and looked at them and brought them back in. One, was a mistake and then—,” Morton said..

Mistakes were made.

Morton went on to testify that he is unaware of any new crimes committed so far by those detainees released…

That’s a big relief. But how does he know that? Maybe they just haven’t been caught yet.

Last week Morton testified before a House appropriations subcommittee that ICE has released 2,228 detainees. Of those, 629 were convicted criminals.

Meaning, once again that we are talking about a lot more criminals than just the eight aggravated felons mentioned here.

By the way, according to Pew’s research (a pdf), the recidivism rate for ‘American’ convicted criminals is over 40%. So what is there to worry about?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, March 20th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Four ‘Aggravated Felon’ Illegals Are Still At Large”

  1. Enthalpy says:

    This group is on its way toward transforming the United States into something we’ve never wanted and did not vote for. Their victories are built on lies about who and what they are. Their promises and oaths are empty and broken; breaches of contracts-worthy of impeachment proceedings with ultimate conviction.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Locked, loaded and concealed carry.

    Come at me, Bro. Let’s arrange a short trip for you back to the Big House.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    What a effing joke our leaders have foisted upon the unwashed.
    All have bricks for brains.
    I want to quote Mr. Trump, “YOU’RE FIRED”.

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