A large number of incarcerated illegal immigrants were set free in the last days of the Obama administration, and new reports claim Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) purposely hid the evidence.
The report by Syracuse University Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) said the Obama administration freed a vast number of illegal aliens who would have otherwise been detained or deported.
TRAC claims it had been filing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with ICE without an issue until the final few years of the Obama administration when ICE changed their FOIA policy, making it difficult to obtain certain information.
The Daily Caller reports ICE started to omit information from their reports, altogether, and it wasn’t until recently that TRAC discovered the reason.
TRAC says that once it received the information the data showed alarming numbers of sanctioned catch-and-release cases and a major decrease in detainers.
Detainer refers to an ICE practice in which an arrested illegal immigrant is held in jail for an extra 48 hours after being released so that he can easily be deported. Detainers are only one method for deportation.
“ICE is now withholding the very same types of data it previously released so that continued monitoring of its detainer program will be largely prevented,” reports TRAC.
Reportedly, ICE issued 309,697 detainers in 2011, a number which sank to 95,085 by 2015.
“Examining what detainers actually achieved and did not achieve during the Obama and Bush years is important because, under the Trump administration’s recent flurry of immigration executive orders, it appears that the use of detainers is likely to surge,” TRAC said.
H/T: Daily Caller
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