Immigration Judges Awarding “De facto Amnesty” to 1/3 of Criminal Illegals

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A shocking 1/3 of all illegal aliens charged with crimes – including serious charges of rape and drunk driving – since October have been released by immigration court judges, according to an Executive Office of Immigration Review report obtained by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC).  

For the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2015, so far 32.9 percent (a total of 5,530) illegal aliens charged with a crime have been set free by U.S. judges, and allowed to remain in the United States.

A total of 11,256 (67.1 percent) charged with crimes in the same time period were ordered deported.  Of those committing crimes who were ordered deported just from the state of Texas alone, 744 were from Mexico.

The Daily Caller reported on the new data, and received a statement from Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), who said, “They’re not giving them a legal status, but they’re letting them stay – so it’s like a de facto amnesty.”

And the worst part – Vaughn said the illegal immigrants convicted of crimes are likely to re-offend.

The number of criminal illegals being allowed to stay has steadily increased.   In 1998, judges permitted 118 percent of criminal illegals to stay in the U.S., but by 2008, the number increased to 22 percent, and now, after almost 8 years of Obama’s presidency, it has shot to almost 33 percent.

Vaughn said Obama has made “deliberate” policy changes “to give every illegal alien possible an opportunity to take advantage of the most generous due process possible and to give them every bite at the apple to try to win the right to stay in the United States.”

The number escalates even more – the Daily Caller reported that immigration courts have allowed a massive 57 percent of all illegal immigrants caught in this fiscal year to stay in the country, while immigration courts are backlogged with almost half a million cases.

This all falls under the Department of Justice:

The U.S. attorney general appoints the country’s 273 immigration judges, without a Senate confirmation. Judges then fall under the Department of Justice Executive Office of Immigration Review. The federal government considers most immigration offenses civil, not criminal, and judges have no ability to enforce what they order.

At the local level, immigration judges in some cities, particularly sanctuary cities, allow illegal aliens with criminal charges to remain in the country at high rates.

According to the TRAC report:

Most of the criminal illegal immigrants allowed to stay in the country in the first 10 months of 2016 came from Mexico. Judges allowed 2,035 people from Mexico with criminal charges to remain in the U.S., followed by 391 from the Dominican Republic, 262 from Jamaica and 244 from El Salvador.

Daily Caller further reports:

But criminal illegal aliens aren’t only released through the courts system. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the primary Department of Homeland Security entity responsible for deporting illegal aliens, released a total of 19,723 illegal immigrants in 2015, according to CIS. More than 200 of those people committed murder.

ICE released some of those criminal aliens because their home countries refused to take them back. ICE also sometimes fails to show up at local jails within 48 hours as required, at which point local authorities can no longer hold the illegal immigrants.


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