Illegal immigrants come to the US for a better life, right? They’re just good people who want better for their families, same as any other immigrant. At least, that’s what we’re told. In many cases, it may even be true.
We’re not so sure that it’s true for the 179,000 illegals that DHS has failed to deport with criminal records.
The Department of Homeland Security told Congress in a letter that surfaced Friday that it has failed to remove nearly 1 million illegal aliens who had previously been ordered deported, and that 179,000 of those aliens had been convicted of a criminal offense.
DHS provided those details in response to a letter the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest sent over the summer, which asked for details about the number of criminal aliens ordered deported.
This is definitely a problem. While the American people might disagree about those hard working families that just want the American Dream, we tend to agree that we don’t need the criminals. We have plenty of those domestically, after all, so we don’t need more.
A bigger problem may be why these illegals haven’t been deported.
DHS admitted in its letter that it has not calculated how many additional criminal aliens the country should expect to be released from police custody onto the street, since they are no longer considered a priority for deportation under PEP standards.
The agency maintains that it only collects statistics for criminal immigrants who have been ordered deported but remain in defiance of that order.
They’re in defiance? You mean they have a choice?
You put them on a bus or plane and push them out when they get where they’re going. This isn’t rocket science here.
OK, it’s more complicated than that. We understand that, but hopefully you can see our point. The phrase “defiance” means some voluntary action on their part that they’re refusing to take. How do you expect people who enter this country illegally — often risking their lives for whatever reasons — to do anything at all voluntarily that would send them back?