Sen. Sessions (R-Ala.) released a statement opposing the criminal justice reform bill that would release many criminal illegal aliens onto the streets. Sen. Sessions explained that the bill would shorten mandatory minimums for repeat drug traffickers that are being held in federal prison.
“Moreover, this proposal would provide for leniency for illegal alien drug traffickers. The criminal aliens who were responsible for the 2015 killing of Kate Steinle and the 2014 murders of California Detective Michael Davis, Jr. and Deputy Sheriff Danny Oliver had been earlier convicted for the same class of federal drug crimes that some in Congress now seek to roll back through this legislation,” Sen. Sessions said in his statement.
Federal prisoners make up only 9% of the total incarcerated population in the United States. According to the Bureau of Prisons, 77% of federal drug possession convictions and 25% of federal drug trafficking convictions in FY 2015 were non-citizens, showing that criminal illegal aliens would greatly benefit from this legislation.
The Obama administration released 60% of criminal aliens it came in contact with in FY 2015 and several pro-amnesty groups have already petitioned Pres. Obama asking that any illegal criminal aliens released under this bill would be protected from deportation.
Several law enforcement organizations also oppose the bill including the National Association for Assistant U.S. Attorneys, National Narcotic Officers' Associations' Coalition, Federal Bureau of Investigation Agents Association, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, National Sheriffs' Association, and Major County Sheriff's Association.
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Updated: Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 10:10am EDT