Immigration, Issues

One million illegals are under deportation orders. Why are they walking around free?

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently arrested 680 illegals in immigration raids across the country.

However, that number represents just .07 percent of the 950,062 illegals with deportation orders:

Responses to questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee, provided by Thomas D. Homan, currently the acting ICE director, revealed the struggle the agency faces as it moves to deport illegals, many with criminal records and slapped with “final orders of removal” after exhausting their court appeals.

He said that ICE has custody of just 11,006, or 1 percent, of the 950,062 ordered deported.

“As of May 21, 2016, there were 950,062 aliens with final orders of removal on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) national docket. Of those aliens, 939,056 were on ICE’s non-detained docket and 11,006 were on ICE’s detained docket,” said Homan’s answer to questions from Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley.

As it moves to find those not detained, ICE is beefing up its force, hiring up to 15,000.

Clearly, ICE doesn’t have the manpower or resources to detain every illegal up for deportation. However, Jessica M. Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, says sanctuary cities are also to blame:

“Why does ICE have to take to the streets to find these people? One reason is because so many criminal aliens have been released by sanctuary policies. If you look at the list of cities where these operations took place, many of them are sanctuaries. ICE has to do these kinds of operations when they are prevented from arresting criminal aliens while they are in jail,” she added.

She explained that those slated for removal from the United States are often simply floating in cities, either not required to check in with authorities or ignoring that requirement.

In other words, it’s time for Congress to act.

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