Trump Blasts Release of Illegal Immigrant Felons

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 09:43 AM

By Melissa Clyne

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On the heels of the release of an internal Immigration and Customs Enforcement report that shows the agency released 36,007 immigrant felons, Donald Trump took to Twitter to blast the government as "highly incompetent" and "so stupid," Breitbart reported.

Trump has kept the issue alive, sending a second tweet that "hard core criminals" must not be kept in the United States.

His outburst follows a report issued last week by the Center for Immigration Studies that of the 36,007 immigrants released, many of them pose a serious threat to society. The data showed there were 193 homicide convictions, 426 sexual assault convictions, 9,187 dangerous drug convictions, and 16,070 drunk or drugged driving convictions, according to CBS News.

"Congress should resist further action on immigration reform until the public can be assured that enforcement is more robust and that ICE can better deal with its criminal alien caseload without setting them free in our communities," said Jessica Vaughan, who authored the report and is the center’s director of policy studies, according to USA Today.

The Center for Immigration Studies favors lower levels of immigration. Immigration reform is at the forefront of Congress, where House Democrats and Republicans have been warring on the issue. 

In March, President Barack Obama ordered a review of deportation practices. His directive came after the head of the National Council of La Raza, Janet MurguĂ­a, declared Obama the "deporter-in-chief," blaming his administration for the nearly 2 million illegal immigrants who have been deported on his watch, according to National Public Radio.

As part of the Department of Homeland Security review ordered by the president – to take an "inventory of the department's current practices to see how it can conduct enforcement more humanely within the confines of the law" – DHS is considering easing up on deportations of illegal immigrants who do not have "serious criminal records," CBS News  reported last month.

Vaughan’s report further stated that recent figures of released immigrant criminals "suggest that despite claims of a focus on public safety, the administration's prosecutorial discretion criteria are allowing factors such as family relationships, political considerations, or attention from advocacy groups to trump criminal convictions as a factor leading to deportation."

ICE Director Barbara Gonzalez told USA Today that the Center for Immigration Studies report doesn’t mention that U.S. courts ordered many of the releases or that some of those set free could not be returned to their home countries. While they may have left the prison system, many of the illegal immigrants remained on the DHS radar via "GPS monitoring, telephone monitoring, and in-person checks."

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