The Obama administration’s “catch and release” policy towards illegal immigrants makes a mockery of our laws. Most illegals don’t have to worry about getting kicked out if they can slip past our border undetected. John Sandweg, the former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, admitted, “If you are a run-of-the-mill immigrant here illegally, your odds of getting deported are close to zero.” Even this claim overstates the enforcement of our laws. The Center for Immigration Studies released a report finding that in 2013 36,000 convicted criminal aliens were released before their deportation proceedings. The aliens had been convicted of crimes ranging from homicide to drunk driving. Federal law requires these aliens to be deported to their home countries, and punishes countries that refuse to take them back. But like most of our immigration laws, this one is not enforced by the Obama administration.
Releasing 36,000 criminals back into our streets is certain to endanger lives and property. The Daily Caller reported in January that of that number, 1,000 have since been convicted of new offenses. These crimes include 196 drunk driving offenses, 88 charges of theft, 69 of burglary, 24 of larceny, 26 of assault, 35 of battery, 178 of drug offenses, and two of rape. With President Obama’s executive amnesty, the number of crimes committed by deportable aliens is sure to grow. Loretta Lynch, who is Obama’s choice to be our new Attorney General says she has no problem with Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty, and that is reason enough to reject her.
We cannot continue to be a nation under law if the branch that should enforce our laws doesn’t do its job.
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Contributing Editor, Phyllis Schlafly, is the Founder and President of Eagle Forum, a national radio show host, and a best-selling author.
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