Arizona Sheriff: Obama's Immigration Record a 'Travesty'

Monday, 31 Mar 2014 09:07 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Homeland Security's reported release of 68,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records shows what a "travesty" the Obama administration's deportation record is, a top law enforcement official in Arizona said Monday.

"Well, essentially what happened is, the federal government once again hasn’t done their job," Steve Henry, chief deputy sheriff of Pinal County, Ariz., told Fox News' Neil Cavuto in a video posted by the Daily Caller.

"It’s truly what you said. It’s a travesty. Each and every day law enforcement — especially here in Arizona — goes out and fights this battle that the federal government is supposed to be fighting."

Henry noted that local law enforcement officers "put ourselves at risk for the good of the country. And if 68,000 out of 722,000 could’ve been deported in 2013, it’s just amazing."

On March 21, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the top law-enforcement officer for neighboring Maricopa County, also slammed the administration, saying it used "smoke and mirrors" to hide the actual number of immigrants deported, the Daily Caller reported.

Henry said authorities testified in March 2013 that 2,200 illegals had been released from jail by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Border Patrol.

"We reached out to the secretary [of Homeland Security] back then, and you know, it was crickets," he said, adding that the illegal immigrant criminals his county turns over to ICE are released through a "revolving door."

"We call it ‘in through the out door,’" he said.

"The federal government believes that if you give someone who doesn’t have standing in the country, doesn’t have any anchor in this country, that if they sign a piece of paper with a promise to appear at a future court date — and maybe or maybe not you put an electronic bracelet on their ankle — that they’re going to come back," he told Cavuto.

"I beg to differ. Come on, really? We know it doesn’t work."

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