Homeland Security Today: Report: ICE Underreported Criminal Convictions Of Aliens In FY 2014

IRLI In The News

July 19, 2016

By Hasan Abdul Karim

The Supreme Court’s decision to block President Obama’s plan to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants has led to a heated controversy over the effectiveness of pre-existing immigration policies.

Against this backdrop, the House Judiciary Committee recently learned that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) significantly underreported the number of criminal convictions of aliens released by the agency in 2014.

A report provided by ICE to the House Judiciary Committee claimed that 30,558 aliens with a total of 79,059 convictions were released from their custody in fiscal year (FY) 2014. However a separate report released by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a non-profit that advocates changes in US immigration policy, puts the number of total convictions at 92,347.

FAIR’s report was obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and revealed a discrepancy of over 13,000. ICE reported this information to the Immigration Reform Law Institute on April 5, 2016, in response to a request for information under the FOIA, calling into question ICE’s transparency in reporting on the release of criminal aliens under the current Administration. … Read the full story by Hasan Abdul Karim.

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