Leo Hohmann, WND, March 19, 2017
More than 2,000 criminal non-citizens, including many here illegally, are released from prison every year onto the streets of American cities.
Americans like Casey Chadwick, 25, have paid with their lives. She was stabbed to death outside her apartment in Norwich, Connecticut, by an illegal criminal alien from Haiti who had already served 17 years in prison for attempted murder. ICE had tried to deport him several times but Haiti would not accept him.
The problem is that 23 countries will not take back their criminal migrants, according to a DHS report cited by Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The government has not named all 23 uncooperative nations but WND has been able to identify 13 of them.
The five worst are Cuba, China, Somalia, India and Ghana.
Others on the list include:
The majority of the countries on the list are either communist or Islamic.
Adding to the indignity and lack of fair play, the U.S. continues to grant visas and refugee status to foreign nationals from these 23 countries. And in many cases, the U.S. also continues to send foreign aid to these recalcitrant nations that refuse to cooperate with ICE in taking back their criminals.
Several congressmen have tried to rectify the injustice but have yet to get their bills passed. The latest is Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, who has introduced a bill that would cut off all foreign aid to countries that don’t cooperate with ICE deportation efforts.
In a statement emailed to WND Babin’s office said:
“There is absolutely no reason that criminal aliens should be released back onto America’s streets, yet that is exactly what is happening by the thousands each and every year because their countries of origin refuse to take them back. My bill upholds the rule of law and holds these countries accountable by stripping their foreign aid and travel visas if they fail to cooperate. President Trump has announced that deporting the roughly 2 million criminal aliens in our country is a top priority for his presidency—and this legislation is a critical component to any such effort.”
Cuellar, while backing Babin’s bill, said there is already a law on the books that the U.S. could enforce and clean up the mess with uncooperative nations.
While it doesn’t cut funding to those nations like Babin’s bill would, the existing law allows the U.S. to hold the visas of foreign nationals from nations not cooperating with ICE on criminal deportations.
“We found out that there’s a law already that allows us to hold those visas if a country’s not planning to take back their criminals,” he said in the Full Measure interview.
“We’re not enforcing it, which is amazing,” he added. “So now my intent is to go back to our committee on appropriations and affect their funding until they do that.”