Roughly 30 countries are refusing to accept their citizens who have been convicted of serious crimes and ordered deported, and one congressman blames international diplomacy for interfering with immigration law enforcement.
Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Democratic member of the House Committee on Appropriations, told host Sharyl Attkisson during an interview for Sunday’s “Full Measure” that their refusal to cooperate is resulting in dangerous illegal aliens being released back into the U.S.
“There are about 30 countries that have been very difficult to work with that won’t take back their criminals, but at the same time we’re issuing business visas or student visas to those countries,” Cuellar said. “So while we’re giving them the opportunity to come to the United States, they’re refusing, should I say, to take back the criminal aliens that belong to those countries.”
He claimed that while U.S. legislation permits our country to withhold visas from countries that refuse to accept deportees, the law is not being enforced and visas continue to be issued to residents of those 30 countries.
“We found out that there’s a law already that allows us to hold those visas if a country’s not planning to take back their criminals.” He added, “We’re not enforcing it, which is amazing. So now my intent is to go back to our committee on appropriations and affect their funding until they do that.”
Cuellar also told Attkisson the Supreme Court ruled that illegal immigrants arrested for criminal offenses can only be detained for a limited amount of time before they must be released, which in his words, means that “you’re releasing criminals into our streets because those countries refuse to take back those criminal aliens.”
Cuellar said several countries, including Vietnam, Cuba, and China are among those refusing to accept their own citizens who are being deported for committing crimes on U.S. soil. He attributed diplomacy for being the reason why the government refuses to enforce the law and claimed that the Department of State and federal agencies are fearful of upsetting foreign relations, reports The Daily Caller.
“There’s a large number of them and we brought this issue back years ago to them ’cause I’ve been working on this issue and they said, ‘well you know you gotta understand diplomacy, we don’t wanna upset some of those countries,'” Cuellar said. “And basically the response from the State Department is because you have to work with the State Department and Homeland Security. And the State Department, with all due respect, was focused on diplomacy.”
However, Cuellar is not buying diplomacy as a legitimate excuse to risk American lives by allowing criminal illegal aliens to roam U.S. streets. He added that he plans to push the government to put a hold on granting visas to citizens from those 30 countries.
Cuellar’s full interview with “Full Measure” will be available on their website Sunday morning.
H/T: The Daily Caller
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