Jessica Vaughan, Director of Policy Studies at the Center for Immigration Studies reported that the majority of cases handled by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is “people who are convicted criminals” on Tuesday’s “O’Reilly Factor” on the Fox News Channel.
“Most of ICE’s caseload right now is people who are convicted criminals, and they keep coming back. We know that they reoffend, again, once they get here. So, this is a huge problem” she said.
Vaughan laid out some of the reasons for the number of repeat offenders, “first of all, the Obama administration’s priority has been to legalize as many people who are here illegally as possible to carry this out, you know, if he has to by executive action. So he has put the handcuffs on ICE agents and they’re simply not allowed to arrest a lot of people” she stated. And “a lot of times they are simply released because they’re under pressure from advocacy groups to say ‘oh you can’t take this person away from their family.’ Or sometimes it happens because local sanctuary jurisdictions refuse to cooperate with ICE, places like New York, Chicago, San Francisco, [and] Philadelphia have just said ‘we don’t care about immigration violations. We don’t care that these people are convicted criminals.’”
She added, “other times the US Attorneys will not take these cases for prosecution.”
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