Federal officials have been secretly releasing illegal immigrants who have committed a crime across the country, saying that the criminals were not a dangerous threat to the public.
Now a new Boston Globe review of the matter finds that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been misleading Congress and the public, if not outright lying to them.
A Globe review of 323 criminals released in New England from 2008 to 2012 found that as many as 30 percent committed new offenses, including rape, attempted murder, and child molestation — a rate that is markedly higher than Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have suggested to Congress in the past.
The names of these criminals have never before been made public and are coming to light now only because the Globe sued the federal government for the list of criminals immigration authorities returned to neighborhoods across the country. A judge ordered the names released in 2013, and the Globe then undertook the work that the federal government didn’t, scouring court records to find out how many released criminals reoffended.
ICE officials say the release of criminal illegal immigrants is often out of their hands because under federal law they cannot jail illegal aliens indefinitely. If after six months they are unable to deport the illegal immigrant, they must be set free.
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