Breitbart News -- Caroline May

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials report a criminal immigrant recidivism rate of 50 percent, according to Center for Immigration Studies expert Jessica Vaughan.

“What I’m told by ICE officials — and I’ve been told on a number of occasions — is that they believe, from their internal data, is there is a recidivism rate of about 50 percent of criminal aliens who are released by ICE –,” Vaughan testified before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

She didn’t finish the sentence because Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) — a committee member questioning Vaughan — expressed shock at the figure and interrupted her.

“50 percent? Half will commit additional crimes against innocent Americans?” he asked.

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Updated: Wed, Feb 18th 2015 @ 12:20pm EST