Report: Obama Administration Released 68,000 Convicted Criminal Aliens Last Year

Caroline May, Daily Caller, March 31, 2014

The Obama administration is threatening public safety by deliberately hampering immigration law and releasing aliens with criminal records, according to a new review of internal Immigration and Customs Enforcement data.

A Center for Immigration Studies report to be released Monday and obtained in advance by The Daily Caller, found that last year ICE reported nearly 722,000 encounters with illegal or criminal immigrants. But ICE officers filed immigration charges against less than 195,000 aliens.

“According to ICE personnel, the vast gap between the number of encounters reported and the number of aliens put on the path to removal exists because officers are not permitted to file charges against aliens who do not fall into the administration’s narrowly defined criteria for enforcement, regardless of the criminal charges or the circumstances in which the alien was identified,” the report, authored by CIS director of policy studies Jessica Vaughan, reads.

Since June 2011, when the first of the Obama administration’s “prosecutorial discretion” policies were put in place, the report adds, interior ICE arrests have declined by 40 percent.


In 2013 some 68,000 criminal aliens were released–or 35 percent of all criminal aliens ICE reported encountering, according to the report. {snip}

“These figures suggest that despite claims of a focus on public safety, the administration’s prosecutorial discretion criteria are allowing factors such as family relationships, political considerations, or attention from advocacy groups to trump criminal convictions as a factor leading to deportation,” the report reads.


According to Vaughan, Congress should initiate an official look into the impact of the administration’s prosecutorial discretion policies.

“The Obama administration’s deliberate obstruction of immigration enforcement, in which tens of thousands of criminal aliens are released instead of removed, is threatening the well-being of American communities,” she said.


Other key findings in the review include:

  • In 2013, ICE charged only 195,000, or 25 percent, out of 722,000 potentially deportable aliens they encountered. Most of these aliens came to ICE’s attention after incarceration for a local arrest.
  • ICE released 68,000 criminal aliens in 2013, or 35 percent of the criminal aliens encountered by officers. The vast majority of these releases occurred because of the Obama administration’s prosecutorial discretion policies, not because the aliens were not deportable.
  • ICE targeted 28 percent fewer aliens for deportation from the interior in 2013 than in 2012, despite sustained high numbers of encounters in the Criminal Alien and Secure Communities programs.
  • Every ICE field office but one reported a decline in interior enforcement activity.
  • ICE reports that there are more than 870,000 aliens on its docket who have been ordered removed, but who remain in defiance of the law.
  • Under current policies, an alien’s family relationships, political considerations, attention from advocacy groups, and other factors not related to public safety can trump even serious criminal convictions and result in the termination of a deportation case.
  • Less than 2 percent of ICE’s caseload was in detention at the end of fiscal year 2013. About three-fourths of the aliens ICE detained in 2013 had criminal and/or immigration convictions so serious that the detention was required by statute.

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  • MekongDelta69

    In his dictatorial viewpoint, why should he get rid of them?

    They equal more Democrat votes.
    They equal more people eating out of the welfare troughs.
    The equal more crimes committed against Whites
    They equal more destruction of America.

  • To be fair, this has been every President since Eisenhower left office, save a little bit of actual enforcement during Reagan’s first term.

  • Luca

    And Joe Biden considers these criminals Americans.

    • MekongDelta69

      Plugs Bite-Me is not exactly wound too tight.

  • Homo_Occidentalis

    Why isn’t this being rubbed in the administration’s face? Where is the opposition? Is anybody sticking up for the silent majority that wants these invaders GONE? It makes no sense. Shutting the border and lining it with guards with orders to shoot on sight would be tremendously popular politically.

    • me

      It makes perfect sense if you look at it from a ‘globalist’ perspective. The European Union was the initial attempt to create a one-world government, one-world currency, one-world judicial system, one-world police state, and a one-world dictatorship. Look up the “Amero”, the “World Court” in Belgium, and the United Nations and ‘Agenda 21’. It will all become clear to you….

    • RisingReich

      You might be surprised. I get called all kinds of names right on this board anytime I suggest it.

    • Nancy Thomas


    • Dave4088

      “Is anybody sticking up for the silent majority…..”.

      Soon to be silent and persecuted minority thanks to the mass invasion of the third world. Norwegian Sheldon Adelson’s buy out and hostile takeover of the Republican party continues, so don’t expect much help from them anymore.

  • How many dead white people is monkey Obama going to be responsble for before someone holds him accountable. The Daily Kenn has a nice running tally of black on white murders, but because of this boy president we have to start a new list–whites killed by illegals.

    • So CAL Snowman

      Ray Gun is furious that you attribute the Whites killed by illegals list to obama.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Colin Flaherty’s site “White Girl Bleed A Lot” has an amazing collection of links to articles about black violence against Whites.

      • Been awhile since I visited that site. I’ll check it out. At the risk of being labeled a nazi, I am liking the Daily Stormer website a lot these days.

        • Katherine McChesney

          I visit it occasionally myself.

        • Jesse James

          Just read a great line over at Counter Currents in an essay about the American Dream, “If I tell you that there are powerful people who are oppressing you to defend their own interests, you’ll call me a progressive, a liberal, and a reformer. If I tell you who those people are, you’ll call me a Nazi.”

          • That is a great line and it’s true.

  • Luca

    BTW..isn’t there a law against law enforcement officials failing to uphold the law?

    It’s nice that this is being exposed, but when is someone going to get fired or thrown in jail?

    • Petronius

      It has become illegal to make illegals illegal.

      And against the law to make laws enforcing the law.

      Is America a great country or what?!

  • Jesse James

    Illegal aliens committing crimes that white Americans don’t want to do. Yet people wonder why the so called “far right” despises the government.

    • me

      Our ‘government’ is illegal, because not ONE of our members of Congress/’elected officials’/PUBLIC SERVANTS is holding up the laws of the Constitution or the Bill Of Rights. It’s a rouge government that just does what it wants to….

  • So CAL Snowman

    You know it just occurred to me, somebody should stop this obama character. He is really getting out of hand.

    • D.B. Cooper

      Isn’t that what they told you when they sent you after the Hulk? They knew you would fail, but they paid lip service.

      • So CAL Snowman

        I was born, I was brainwashed and at some point my programming wore off. Now I’m just angry at what was done to me and I will have my revenge no matter what.

  • D.B. Cooper

    A big, major flaw has been exposed. Who is responsible for arresting politicians who willfully break the law?

    • RisingReich

      GULP. Technically – it’s Congress…..

  • Bossman

    An alien is subject to deportation if he is apprehended near the U.S. border or has committed a crime for which jail time is required, merely being found in the interior of the country without proper documentation is not a deportable offense.

    • Who Me?

      An alien found ANYWHERE within the borders of the United States without proper documentation SHOULD be a deportable offense.

  • RisingReich

    Mission ONE of a sane ICE policy is to IMMEDIATELY deport anyone who is here without papers. PERIOD.

    I do find it intriguing that ICE employees are snitching on this niggardly Administration.

    The next step is for ICE employees to just start disobeying such ‘instructions’ and simply follow the law. The beginning of the end of this monstrosity known as Amerkia starts like this.

    • Martel

      it happened before, ICE complained their hands were tied because of the administration last year.

    • Nancy Thomas

      I think they have been in continuous litigation against our scumbag POTUS.

      • TXCriollo

        they have a guy i know is a border patrol and he tells me ice is going through lots of legal issues once resolved things will change

  • John R

    They have been ordered out of the US but refuse to go? So what is the United States government going to do about it? “Pretty please, with sugar on it”?

    • Pro_Whitey

      That’s about right. And if Pedro goes somewhere else in the U.S. and adopts the name Jose, then the process will start all over again if he’s caught.

  • Nancy Thomas

    Criminals vote Democrat.

  • mobilebay

    Will ICE even care about the murder of innocent people, the molestation of children, the thefts, the draining of our social and natural resources, etc. by these lawbreakers? We are being put at risk and have no say so about it. The third world is invading developed nations and we will be destroyed because our “leaders” are on their side.

  • Jesse James

    As if freeing tens of thousands of criminal aliens isn’t bad enough Obama seems to be contemplating freeing Jonathan Pollard,the traitorous American spy for Israel. Can they make it any plainer to you that historic white America is considered their number one enemy?

    • RisingReich

      No – we’re just Nazi because it’s an Israeli spy (big surprise).

  • The Obama Administration probably released the 68,000 illegal aliens so they will be available to vote in the mid-term elections.

  • CelestiaQuesta

    They must justify the alphabet agencies massive budgets. What better way than to create a cycle of endless violence.

  • De’Ontavious Jizzaiah Jones

    11 years ago I went to work for a southern state Dept of Children and Families. I was apalled to find out that illegal alien parents whose kids had been removed from their custody for various abuses were appearing openly before the juvenile court, being appointed free taxpayer funded attys, and receiving services (short of section 8 housing) to be reunified with their kids, all with no fear of any deportation action. The juvenile court had no mechanism through which to report the parents to ICE. Apparently, neither did local police as many of the cases involved domestic violence and drugs for which the parents had been arrested. In fact, once removed from parents custody, the illegal kids became eligible for a green card under a special provision called Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. Agter a while I became aware that some US born mothers in cases were part of a sham marriage ring where they were being paid monthly by their sham husbands. I went in person to s ICE office to report this and received s cold reception. After I insisted on making a report, an ICE agent cane out to talk to me. She made it very clear that what I was trying to do was very much outside protocol. She begrudgingly took my report. I tried to interest her in a liasion relationship do I could easily report further information, but she refused. I was in disbelief. Over the yrs I worked there I saw the agency used as a green card mill for kids sent to US from Haiti especially and also Latin America. Their “relatives” would call in reports to the abuse hotline that the kids parents had abandoned them and voila instant on your way to s green card. I and other attys tried to fight against this as well as one of the judges, but the State supreme court overuled us and we could no longer refuse to process these sham cases. I no longer work there for this and numerous other scams I became aware of, plus daily seeing indigents coming to court with gold teeth, gold jewelry, hair and nails elaborately done, all latest technology, and fancy wheels , rims on cars in parking lot, and stories from case mgrs of all the big tvs in their homes, all the while they told the judge how they could not afford to pay for any of the services ,classes required of their case plan. Sickening eye opener for me into reality and race realism.

  • 1Forced_Registration

    What *exactly* are the criteria they are using to decide on filing charged and initiating deportation? Any serious criminal offense (including drunk driving) used to be enough, what are they using now?

    • Greg Thomas

      Criteria? I can answer that. If the invading illegal is a mexican, he/she stays. If the offender is a White European, he/she is going home.