What do U think of A system's fatal flaws Thousands of inmates admit they're in the U.S. illegally but go free?
Federal immigration officials allowed scores of violent criminals — some ordered deported decades ago — to walk away from Harris County Jail despite the inmates' admission to local authorities that they were in the country illegally, a Houston Chronicle investigation found.
A review of thousands of criminal and immigration records shows that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials didn't file the paperwork to detain roughly 75 percent of the more than 3,500 inmates who told jailers during the booking process that they were in the U.S. illegally.
Although most of the inmates released from custody were accused of minor crimes, hundreds of convicted felons — including child molesters, rapists and drug dealers — also managed to avoid deportation after serving time in Harris County's jails, according to the Chronicle review, which was based on documents filed over a period of eight months starting in June 2007, the earliest immigration records available.
In 177 cases reviewed by the Chronicle, inmates who were released from jail after admitting to being in the country illegally later were charged with additional crimes. More than half of those charges were felonies, including aggravated sexual assault of a child and capital murder.
•About 11 percent of the 3,500 inmates in the review had three or more prior convictions in Harris County. Many had repeatedly cycled through the system despite a history of violence and, in some cases, outstanding deportation orders.
The investigation found that the federal government's system to identify and deport illegal immigrants in Harris County Jail is overwhelmed and understaffed. Gaps in the system have allowed some convicted criminals to avoid detection by immigration officials despite being previously deported. The problems are national in scope, fueled by a shortage of money and manpower.
- American ManLv 51 decade agoFavorite Answer
Something has got to be done about the enforcement, or lack of, plaguing this country! Obvious proof, the government is NOT doing it s job of protecting our country or its citizens!
- 1 decade ago
"Of the more than 80,000 bookings into Harris County Jail during the review period, about 3,500 — less than 5 percent — admitted to being in the country illegally."
While I'm for deporting violent criminals who are illegal in the United States. I'm wondering if IGTSAR considers the other 76,500 criminals who are legal citizens as justifiable in their violent crimes. As long as your an American who murders, rapes and robs, IGTSAR deems it trivial and not a concern.
The vast majority of those who are in the United States illegally are not violent criminals. This is why they are employed by various industries in the United States. If in any way shape or form they actually were violent, none would be able to retain their employment. Therefore, by logic most are non violent and qualify to be put on a pathway to citizenship in the coming Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill as it will be discussed in the senate and house and will be signed by President Barack Obama.
Below is the rest of the story you so conviniently left out.
"Facts vs. fears
While the Chronicle's review found cases involving hardened criminals who slipped through the deportation net, the investigation also revealed that 43 percent of suspects who were arrested and admitted being in the country illegally were charged with misdemeanors and had no prior criminal record in Harris County.
Immigrant advocates cautioned against stereotyping illegal immigrants based on high-profile cases. Most research has found that recent immigrants are far less likely than their U.S.-born counterparts to commit crimes and end up in prison."
43% of the 3,500 are misdemeaner offenses.