The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released 36,007 convicted criminal aliens last year who were awaiting the outcome of deportation proceedings, according to a report issued Monday by the Center for Immigration Studies.
The group of released criminals includes those convicted of homicide, sexual assault, kidnapping and aggravated assault, according to the report, which cites a document prepared by the ICE.
A majority of the releases were not required by law and were discretionary, the organization says.
According to the report, the 36,007 individuals released represented nearly 88,000 convictions, including:
- 193 homicide convictions
- 426 sexual assault convictions
- 303 kidnapping convictions
- 1,075 aggravated assault convictions
- 1,160 stolen vehicle convictions
- 9,187 dangerous drug convictions
- 16,070 drunk or drugged driving convictions
ICE issued a statement in response to the report, saying that most of the individuals described in the report were released under restrictions, such as GPS monitoring, telephone monitoring, supervision or surety bond.
The organizations said that in some cases, the ICE was required by law to release the individuals from custody.
"The releases required by court decisions account for a disproportionate number of the serious crimes listed in the report. For example, mandatory releases account for over 75% of the homicides listed," the statement said. "Others, typically those with less serious offenses, were released as a discretionary matter after career law enforcement officers made a judgment regarding the priority of holding the individual, given ICE's resources, and prioritizing the detention and removal of individuals who pose a risk to public safety or national security."
Translation: About 50 convicted murderers, and hundreds or more likely thousands of other violent and dangerous convicts, were released -- ready now? -- "as a discretionary matter" by the same sort of government officials who'll be making the clemency recommendations that will go up the chain to the White House.
Well, no, I have to correct that. The initial cuts at the coming mass clemency will not be made by "career law enforcement officers." Instead, they'll be made in coordination with the criminal defense bar, then passed upon by a new Pardon Attorney who, to my knowledge, has never spent ten minutes investigating or prosecuting a case.
You wanted a preview of what the coming clemency is going to be like?
Courtesy of the Administration, you have one.