DECEMBER 12, 2012
The gigantic U.S. immigration system operates under a cloak of secrecy, releasing thousands of dangerous criminals who avoid deportation and commit deadly crimes after being freed by the feds, a disturbing newspaper series reveals.
The three-part series (“Justice in the Shadows”) was published this week by Massachusetts’ largest newspaper after a yearlong investigation into what’s become the nation’s biggest law enforcement network after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It is recommended reading for those interested in national security issues that affect everyone living in the U.S.
The vast and secretive U.S. prison system for immigrants has quietly released thousands, including killers, the investigation found. Last year alone, the system detained a record 429,247 immigrants but a culture of secrecy prevents the public from knowing their name. While the feds release hardcore criminals, thousands with no record—including the sick and elderly—are held for months in centers that treat them like delinquents.
Clearly the system is in disarray and a lack transparency only makes things worst. Part one of the newspaper series outlines this recipe for disaster and focuses on how Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) routinely releases dangerous detainees to the streets of America without warning the public. In the past four years ICE has freed more than 8,500 detainees convicted of murder, rape and other crimes, according to the agency’s own statistics quoted in the story.
A disturbing number of foreigners have been arrested after their release, the probe found, including some for heinous crimes. The article includes a number of examples, including a murder so gruesome it made international headlines in 2010. It involved a Chinese illegal immigrant who was supposed to get deported after serving time for brutally assaulting his neighbor years earlier. Instead, ICE quietly let him go without warning the victim. The illegal alien came back to stab the woman and rip her heart and lungs out of her body.
Here are some other cases; an armed robber from Cuba shot and killed a Florida woman after getting released by ICE, reportedly because his native country wouldn’t take him back. In another, an armed robber from Vietnam massacred five people in San Francisco after ICE freed him, also because he couldn’t be deported. A Liberian national who went to jail for shooting a man kidnapped and robbed two people in Rhode Island after the feds released him. A Vietnamese man on parole for a previous felony murdered a teenaged girl and her mother during a kidnapping.
There are dozens of other examples that prove federal officials are releasing people that they know are dangerous without bothering to warn the public or notify crime victims. The culture of secrecy can be deadly to Americans and foreigners alike, the new
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