1,000 Criminal Aliens Convicted of New Crimes After ICE Released Them in FY 2013

By Susan Jones | February 2, 2015 | 11:11am EST

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, at a Jan. 28, 2015 hearing on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(CNSNews.com) - When President Obama announced his expanded executive amnesty last November, he said he would prioritize the deportation people who threaten national security and public safety. "Felons, not families -- criminals, not children" would be deported, Obama said on Nov. 20.

But under Obama's prosecutorial discretion policy, illegal aliens who commit lesser crimes are allowed to stay in the country -- free to re-offend, as it turns out.

According to the Homeland Security Department (DHS), 36,007 criminal aliens were released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody in Fiscal Year 2013, and of that total, 1,000 have since been convicted of new crimes, ranging from assault with a deadly weapon and lewd acts with a child to aggravated assault, robbery, and hit-and-run.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) announced on Friday that he has received a 38-page document from DHS listing the crimes committed by the one-thousand re-offenders released from ICE custody in FY 2013.

Many of the subsequent convictions were for drugs or drunken driving, but others were for sex offenses, theft, burglary, assault, making threats, and fraud.

“The Obama Administration claims that it is using 'prosecutorial discretion' to prioritize the removal of criminal aliens from this country," Grassley said in a news release on Friday. "But this report shows the disturbing truth: 1,000 undocumented aliens previously convicted of crimes who the Administration released in 2013 have gone on to commit further crimes in our communities."

Grassley said he will continue working to ensure that immigration officials are taking criminal aliens off the streets and sending them out of the country.

Meanwhile, the senator is still waiting to hear how many of the 1,000 re-offending aliens have been deported; how many have been released again from ICE custody; and how many of the 1,000 are not priorities for removal under Obama's policy.

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