According to the Center For Immigration Studies, there were 169 illegal aliens released by Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) last year with homicide-related convictions. They were released in 24 different states, after being processed through detention facilities.
Yes. You read that correctly.
The U.S. Government released 169 undocumented individuals convicted of homicide-related crimes in 96 towns across the country. The state with the largest number of murder convict release sites: California.
Here's a map of where they were released and if you're close by, you may want to give your backyard the once-over, because it's all over:
The agency provided this information to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), after disclosing that over thirty-six thousand aliens with criminal convictions were released in 2013. Major cities where the convicted murderers were released (Full list of cities where released via CIS):
- Phoenix, Arizona (1)
- Los Angeles, California (6)
- Miami, Florida (7)
- Atlanta, Georgia (3)
- Des Moines, Iowa (1)
- Louisville, Kentucky (1)
- Minneapolis, Minnesota (2)
- Houston, Texas (2)
- Bronx, New York (2)
- Columbus, Ohio (1)
The overwhelming majority of the releases were justified by is what is called a Zadvydas Case — in which the release is mandated by law if the alien's country will not work with the U.S. to arrange deportation. In other words, if the country where the illegal is from does not have a process to receive their citizens back or if they merely refuse to, then the law requires that they be released.
According to a report by NBC Latino, the Obama administration released illegal aliens, citing a 'budget crunch' due to sequestration. ICE holds about 30,000 illegal aliens in jail, and earlier reported to Congress it might not be able to fill the 34,000 jail cells required by Congress.
According to Pew Research, there are approximately 11.7 million illegal immigrants in the United States.
So, the same U.S. government that maintains heavily armed Homeland Security agents, and will deploy them on Americans if they import the wrong SUV or sell unlicensed Red Sox gear, are releasing convicted illegal alien murderers at a rate of just about one every other day.
Excuse me, I have to check my backyard, just to see if "Homeland Security" has released another murder convict in my neighborhood...
Feature image via NBC Latino.