Republicans were outraged last year when it was discovered that thousands of convicted criminals awaiting deportation were being released. It was even worse than we originally feared.
Via Caroline May of Big Government, a grand total of 36,007 criminal immigrants convicted of nearly 88,000 crimes were released – the majority of them due in part to “Zadvydas v. Davis, a 2001 Supreme Court case in which the court held the government could not indefinitely hold an immigrant if there is not a likelihood of removal in the foreseeable future.”
This may occur when a country refuses or unreasonably delays accepting people the United States is looking to deport.
According to ICE, many of the releases — specifically 72 percent of criminal immigrants convicted of homicide — were mandatory, required by court decisions like Zadvydas.
A little-enforced statute (8 U.S.C. § 1253(d)) CIS highlights, however, requires the Secretary of State to instruct consular offices to stop issuing visas to countries that engage in such obstruction.
On being notified by the [DHS Secretary] that the government of a foreign country denies or unreasonably delays accepting an alien who is a citizen, subject, national, or resident of that country after the [DHS Secretary] asks whether the government will accept the alien under this section, the Secretary of State shall order consular officers in that foreign country to discontinue granting immigrant visas or nonimmigrant visas, or both, to citizens, subjects, nationals, and residents of that country until the [DHS Secretary] notifies the Secretary that the country has accepted the alien.
The statute actually reads “Attorney General,” but that is because, according to CIS executive director Mark Kirkorian, the law was written prior to the creation of DHS. After the formation of DHS, this responsibility became that of the DHS head.
Krikorian, writing at National Review this week, charged the Obama administration – specifically Clinton and current Secretary of State John Kerry – with ignoring the statute:
The State Department has ignored the legal mandate and just keeps on issuing visas in countries that won’t take back their own citizens. Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry have decided it’s better for ICE to release criminal aliens into American communities — even at the risk of their committing further crimes — than to risk upsetting relations by halting the issuance of visas, as required by law.
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) was on Fox News Tuesday to talk about this alarming scandal.
“There’s really no good explanation,” he said. “As you say, 36,000 criminal aliens were released back out onto the streets, back into our communities where they’re likely to commit other crimes. And this didn’t need to happen.” He argued that the administration should have continued to detain them, or send them back to their home countries and they did neither.”
He continued, “I think they should take responsibility for any additional crimes these individuals have committed.”
Smith also set the record straight on the “record number of deportations” the Regime has taken credit for.
“They claim to have a record number of deportations – that is a false figure. They’re double-counting individuals as no other administration has done. Actual deportations are down 40% under this administration.”
He went on to say that because the Regime is “not enforcing immigration laws, are undermining immigration laws, and are trying to make up immigration laws through executive orders,” they are telegraphing that they cannot be trusted.
“If we can’t trust the administration to enforce the current laws, how can we trust them to enforce future immigration laws,” Rep. Smith concluded.
The good news, is the effort to pass ENLIST is officially dead.
And the man who killed it was Eric Cantor. Evidently, Cantor has not only committed to blocking amnesty in the NDAA, he will oppose efforts to bring this bill to the floor as a stand-alone legislation.Cantor’s bold opposition to this bill is all the more peculiar given his past support for similar proposals. He has not been shy about holding up the DREAM Act – a related amnesty proposal – as a “priority” for the future of the GOP.
However, there is no enigma about what transpired this week with Eric Cantor. Whenever you witness a sudden shift to the right in a Republican member, look no further than electoral politics.
Despite the bravado from amnesty supporters who claim ubiquitous support for their proposals, they know that their views don’t sell with the electorate, certainly not with GOP primary voters. That is why they keep searching for surreptitious means of passing amnesty. They know that once the electorate is fully mobilized for several weeks against the proposal, they will face serious backlash.
In Cantor’s case, he has a primary challenger, Dave Brat, who has been gaining more traction in recent weeks. Although Brat faces a monumental task with such little money, Cantor felt threatened enough to go up on broadcast television and attack Brat as a liberal. Moreover, Cantor badly wants to be Speaker next year, and even a minor primary challenger will focus too much attention on his pro-amnesty positions. Hence, the U-turn on ENLIST.
Oh, and don’t believe any polls showing overwhelming support for “comprehensive immigration.”
If it were such a popular issue with Republicans, Cantor wouldn’t furiously back-peddling from his previous position.