Chuck Grassley

United States Senator from Iowa

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1,000 Criminal Aliens Convicted of New Crimes After Release from ICE Custody in 2013

Jan 30, 2015

WASHINGTON – ‎A document provided to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa revealed that of the 36,007 criminal aliens released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody in Fiscal Year 2013, one thousand have since been convicted of new crimes.

According to the 38-page document provided by the Department of Homeland Security, the new convictions include:

  • assault with a deadly weapon;
  • terroristic threats;
  • failure to register as a sex offender;
  • lewd acts with a child under 14;
  • aggravated assault;
  • robbery;
  • hit-and-run;
  • criminal street gang;
  • rape spouse by force; and
  • child cruelty: possible injury/death.

“The Obama Administration claims that it is using ‘prosecutorial discretion’ to prioritize the removal of criminal aliens from this country. But this report shows the disturbing truth: 1,000 undocumented aliens previously convicted of crimes who the Administration released in 2013 have gone on to commit further crimes in our communities.  I will continue my work to ensure our immigration officials are doing what it takes to take criminal aliens off our streets and out of our country,” Grassley said.

Earlier this month, Grassley asked Immigration and Customs Enforcement to provide details on how it has prioritized the removal of these 1,000 criminal aliens.   

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