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Saturday, April 12, 2014

GOP Reps press DHS on the agency’s release of criminal aliens -- By Caroline May, The Daily Caller

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) announces Jeh Johnson (R) to be his nominee for Secretary of Homeland Security, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, October 18, 2013. Obama on Friday nominated former Pentagon attorney Johnson, a national security expert who had a role in ending the militaryRepublicans on the House Judiciary Committee are pushing the Department of Homeland Security for more information about the thousands of criminal aliens that the agency has captured and released back into the United States.

The members’ request come on the heels of a report, based on internal data from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, that found that ICE charged only 195,000, or 25 percent, out of 722,000 potentially deportable aliens they encountered.

Further, the report, from the conservative Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), revealed that ICE released convicted criminal aliens 68,000 times in 2013.

Texas Republican Lamar Smith had requested some of the information laid out in the CIS report after DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson testified before the committee in late February. DHS, however, failed to respond.

In a follow up letter Friday, House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Smith, and House Judiciary Republicans called on DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson to provide the committee with the information Smith initially requested and more detail.

“[T]he committee is understandably concerned when ICE releases criminal immigrants onto the streets,” they wrote. “It is crucial for the committee to know what crimes the aliens released by ICE were convicted of given that they were released back into our communities.”

Their request also sought more information on how many criminal aliens have been released due to the 2001 case, Zadvydas v. Davis, in which the Supreme Court found that immigrants ordered to be removed could not be detained for more than six months.
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