ICE authorizes worst 'prison break' in history
Special to the Courier
Former Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Lamar Smith recently responded to troubling reports that the Obama administration released more than 36,000 criminal immigrants in 2013, including individuals convicted of murder, rape, kidnapping and drunk driving.
According to a report by the Center for Immigration Studies, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers released 36,007 criminal illegal immigrants into American communities last year alone. Together these 36,000 criminals had 88,000 convictions, including 193 homicide convictions, 426 sexual assault convictions, 303 kidnapping convictions, 9,187 dangerous drug convictions and 16,070 drunk or drugged driving convictions.
"President Barack Obama's lax immigration policies have put the lives of Americans at risk," Smith said. "Obama administration officials want the American people to think these individuals were guilty of minor, petty offenses, but the convictions tell a chilling story. Among those released were criminal immigrants convicted of murder, rape, kidnapping, drunk driving and aggravated assault."
According to information obtained by the Center for Immigration Studies, the crimes committed by the released immigrants include nearly 200 convictions of homicide, over 400 sexual assault convictions, more than 300 kidnapping convictions and upwards of 16,000 drunk or drugged driving convictions.
"This would be considered the worst prison break in American history - except it was sanctioned by the President and perpetrated by our own immigration officials," Smith said. "These criminal immigrants should have been deported to ensure that they could never commit crimes on US soil. But instead, ICE officials chose not to detain them and instead released them back onto American streets."
Calling the Administration's actions "outrageous," Smith added, "They willfully and knowingly put the interests of criminal immigrants before the safety and security of the American people."
In conclusion, Smith negated any discussion of reforming US immigration laws until Obama enforces the laws currently on the books. "The safety of the American people should be the President's top priority," Smith said. "We need a President who follows the law and deports criminal immigrants who violate our laws and endanger our lives."
During a recent press conference at his San Antonio office, Congressman Lamar Smith discussed what he considers "the worst prison break in American history."