Posted by Curt on 26 August, 2016 at 7:46 pm. 2 comments already!


Daily Caller:

America’s immigration court judges allow one in three illegal immigrants charged with serious crimes — like rape and drunk driving — roam free in the U.S.

The judges released 32.9 percent of 5,530 illegal aliens charged with crimes since Oct. 1, 2015. That’s the highest percentage since at least 1998, according to Executive Office of Immigration Review data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC).

“They’re not giving them a legal status, but they’re letting them stay,” Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “So it’s like a de facto amnesty.”

If an immigration judge decides not to order a person’s deportation, the illegal immigrant may stay in the U.S. after serving any prison time determined in a criminal court.

Those illegal immigrants convicted of crimes are likely to re-offend, Vaughan said.

The data obtained by TRAC is consistent with a Boston Globe investigation that discovered 30 percent of 323 criminal illegal aliens released in New England from 2008 to 2012 committed new crimes, including rape and child molestation.

Illegal immigrants with criminal charges haven’t always had such a good shot at staying in the U.S. In 1998, immigration judges allowed only 11.8 percent of illegal immigrants with criminal charges stay in the U.S., according to TRAC. By 2008, that figure increased to 22 percent, and continued to climb each year of President Barack Obama’s presidency.

The increasing proportion of criminal illegal aliens allowed to stay in the U.S. reflects a broader trend of all illegal immigrants allowed to stay. Immigration courts — backlogged with nearly half a million cases — allowed 57 percent of all illegal immigrants before their courts to stay in the country in the first 10 months of 2016, the highest rate since at least 1998.

The U.S. attorney general appoints the country’s 273 immigration judges, without a Senate confirmation. Judges then fall under the Department of Justice Executive Office of Immigration Review. The federal government considers most immigration offenses civil, not criminal, and judges have no ability to enforce what they order.

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