According DHS’ official 2016 immigration enforcement report sanctuary cities released over 2,000 criminal illegal aliens back into their communities instead of working with ICE. This presents security concerns since under the Obama administration ICE only goes after the most serious criminal aliens.
ICE only caught 114,000 illegal aliens in 2016, the lowest number in Pres. Obama’s presidency. This is a huge declined compared to the 338,000 apprehended five years ago.
Nearly 84% of the illegal aliens ICE deported last year were serious felons, national security risks or gang members, or were caught at the border. 13% had repeat misdemeanors or had illegally entered the U.S. after 2013.
“Declined detainers result in convicted criminals being released back into U.S. communities with the potential to re-offend,” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in its review released Friday.
Last summer the Department of Justice’s own inspector general released a report that said that sanctuary policies violate federal law. The DOJ received pressure from Congress and has begun pulling federal funding for cities with sanctuary policies.
Read more on this story at The Washington Times.
Updated: Tue, Jan 17th 2017 @ 12:05pm EST