Judicial Watch: Homeland Security Releases 165,900 Illegals
Monday, 23 Mar 2015 06:26 PM
By Greg Richter
Judicial Watch on Monday released documents showing that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released 165,900 illegal aliens, some of whom had been convicted of violent crimes.
The release of 76 pages of documents showed that as of April 26, 2014, the illegal aliens had been released throughout the United States. Crimes included such serious offenses as homicide, sexual assault, kidnapping, and aggravated assault.
That number, added to another 30,000 released in the past fiscal year, brings the total to 195,900.
The documents were released as a result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch on July 21, 2014. Judicial Watch filed the suit after the Department of Homeland Security failed to respond to a May 15, 2014, FOIA request.
“It’s appalling that we’ve had to sue in federal court to get key information about the Obama administration’s release of 165,950 convicted criminal aliens,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in a press release.
“These documents show the Obama administration is lying when it says that its ‘enforcement priorities’ include deporting illegal aliens who have committed heinous crimes,” Fitton said.