Question by ❶•☆•xXx•☆— BOMB ♥ SHELL☆•xXx•☆•❶: What do U think illegal immigrants accused or convicted of crimes were released back onto the streets?
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U.S. immigration officials have released from federal custody hundreds of suspected illegal immigrants accused or convicted of crimes, including homicide and sexual assault, because of a lack of space and funds, according to internal records.
The data, obtained by the Houston Chronicle through a Freedom of Information Act request, show that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials documented releasing suspects classified as “criminal aliens” during the past five years because of resource shortages.
Mary Loiselle, deputy director for ICE’s detention and removal operations, said the agency does not routinely release suspects specifically because of a “lack of space” or “lack of funds.”
ICE could not explain the hundreds of documented releases for lack of resources or provide information on individual cases.
It is unclear whether the illegal immigrants identified in the records simply absconded after being released from custody and remain in the U.S. or were eventually deported.
Loiselle questioned the quality of the agency’s own data related to the releases. “We admit that people make keystroke mistakes and judgment errors,” she said. “I don’t want to say every [entry] is wrong, but for the most part, we don’t have those issues,” she said. “We don’t have a lack of space or lack of funds.”
But ICE’s union leaders tell a different story.
They said field agents are reporting significant bed-space and funding shortages and are being told by supervisors to cut “criminal aliens” loose for those reasons.
“The whole notion that we have enough bed space or [bed] funding is absolutely false,” said Chris Crane, ICE Council 118’s vice president for detention and removal operations.
He said detention and removal officers in certain ICE districts routinely take illegal immigrants into custody from local jails to process for deportation, only to be told by management: “ ’Hey, we don’t have any money for beds. You need to kick this guy out the back door,’ ” he said.
“It’s a nationwide problem,” Crane said. “I’m hesitant for the sake of employees to say where some of these locations are, but I have talked to some agents who said their districts have run out of funds for bed space and are ordering their officers to release as many prisoners as possible.”
ICE declined to respond to the union’s statements.
‘We want to see results’
U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, said Congress has made funding bed space a top priority in recent years, particularly after a 2006 Department of Homeland security inspector general report found that shortages of ICE bed space, personnel and funds had created an “unofficial, mini-amnesty” program for “criminal aliens.”
ICE received $ 1.4 billion in fiscal 2009 to target for deportation illegal immigrants with criminal records.
“We keep pouring money at this problem,” Brady said. “We want to see results. And yet the reports keep coming back that there are loopholes. It’s very frustrating.”
ICE spokesman Richard Rocha said the data released to the Chronicle document the number of charges and convictions against illegal immigrants who were released — not the number of people. Rocha said ICE could not provide the number or names of people released.
In the data, ICE recorded more than 800 charges or convictions against “criminal aliens” released from custody specifically because of lack of resources from fiscal 2003 through February.
More than 300 of those were recorded in 2008 and the first four months of fiscal 2009.
ICE could not provide additional information on 10 homicide, sexual-assault and weapons cases identified in the data and requested by the Chronicle.
Rocha said ICE has ordered its own review of releases recorded in its computers because of lack of resources, but the results were not available.
Crane, the union leader, said field agents get no formal instructions on how to record releases due to resource shortages.
Answer by ohhitssness
Thats ridiculous. Miley cyrus’ stalker was released too because there isnt much space.
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