Lawmakers are grilling Obama administration officials on why Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has released more than 86,000 criminal aliens in the past three years.
The House Oversight Committee hearing comes after the release of statistics for 2015, which show that ICE released 19,723 criminal illegal immigrants, rather than deporting them.
The more than 64,000 convictions include 196 that were homicide-related, 216 for kidnapping, more than 600 sex offenses and more than 800 robberies, Fox News chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel reported.
reports that those released totaled more than 8,000 convictions for violent crimes.The Center for Immigration Studies
The map above shows the releases state by state, with California and Texas leading the way.
Critics say the highest levels of the Obama administration are to blame for the lax policies.
“The law is crystal clear. You are making these discretionary choices in releasing these people out into the public and they’re committing more crimes. I don’t understand why you don’t deport them,” said committee chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).
Emanuel said lawmakers are scheduled to hear from family members of those killed by illegal immigrants.
At the hearing, ICE director Sarah Saldana pushed back, arguing that the issue stems from countries like Haiti refusing to take back their criminals.
Saldana said it’s “absolutely unforgivable” to suggest that ICE law enforcement agents are choosing to put criminals back on the streets.
Watch Emanuel’s report above.
Last night on The O’Reilly Factor, Bill discussed the ongoing problem with Rep. Trey Gowdy, who chaired a House hearing last week on the issue.
O’Reilly asked Gowdy about the status of Kate’s Law, which the host proposed last year after the murder of Kate Steinle in San Francisco.
Watch the interview below.