The government will not share with law enforcement the names of thousands of violent criminals in the country illegally who have been released into the public, Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu says.
Appearing Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto,"
Babeu said he has sought the information through informal letter, through a Freedom of Information Act request, and through discussing the matter with Arizona Sen. John McCain.
"Senator McCain, who's a powerful senator said, 'Sheriff, I promise you I'm going to get you these names.' He can't get me the names. Nobody will get me these names," Babeu said.
Babeu believes the names aren't being released because then they can be linked back to President Barack Obama's executive action granting legal status to millions of illegal immigrants.
The 30,000-plus criminals released back into the general population are said to include 193 convicted of murder; more than 300 convicted of rape and sexual assault; and 200 to 300 convicted of kidnapping.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Sarah Saldaña was grilled at a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday about why the 30,558 convicted criminals were released in 2014.
"Thousands could have been deported. Why did you — why did the administration intentionally endanger the lives of innocent Americans by releasing thousands of criminal aliens into our neighborhoods?" Rep. Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican, asked Saldaña.
Saldaña said that the releases are "an area of great concern for me," Breitbart News reported.
Babeu told Cavuto that Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson said the criminals were not deported because their home countries refused to take them.
Babeu said diplomatic pressure should be applied to those countries, included denying visas, if the criminals aren't taken back.
"The result is, ICE just released them into our community, and we have no clue where they're at today," he said.
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