Obama’s Planned Release of Drug Offenders Includes 2000 Criminal Illegals

More criminal illegals released into American communities anyone? Welcome to Barack Obama’s America!

On last Sunday’s edition of The Teri O’Brien Show, I told you about “Amendment 782,” a regulation promulgated by the U.S. Sentencing Commission, and the letter that Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) sent to Attorney General Loretta Lynch requesting information about the planned mass release next month of thousands of  “inmates with violent criminal histories, who have committed crimes involving assault, firearms, sodomy, and even murder.” (quoting from Rep. Goodlatte’s press release, which you can read in full here.) As I told you, Attorney General Lynch didn’t respond by the requested August 15 date, and so far, has still not responded.

Now two other Republican senators, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, have joined Sen. Grassley in requesting information about the 2000 criminal illegals that are part of this mass release. From the Daily Caller:

In a letter this week, Arizona U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, Iowa U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley and Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson pressed Attorney General Loretta Lynch on the precise number of illegal alien convicts to be released. They also want to know whether the prisoners will be deported promptly, and, if not, how the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security plans to process them out of the U.S.

The convicts, many of whom are at halfway houses or under house arrest, will be released en masse next month as part of a new set of sentencing guidelines issued last year by the Sentencing Commission, an independent federal agency which sets sentencing guidelines for the federal courts.

More than 40,000 drug convicts will be released in total.

In their letter to Lynch, the concerned senators note the case of Apolinar Altamirano. The Mexican national allegedly murdered 21-year-old Grant Ronnebeck in a Mesa, Arizona convenience store on Jan. 22 while buying a pack of cigarettes.

At the risk of sounding like a cynic, let me suggest that Sen. Flake, who is VERY squishy on the issue of amnesty, might be attempting to tap dance away from his support for coddling illegals and enabling Obama’s lawless amnesty. Ditto Sen. Johnson.

The important thing here is not the political machinations of Congressional weasels, but rather the issue that they are trying to use for their benefit; specifically, what about these 2000 illegals?  Are they going to be deported, or are they going to be treated like Apolinar Altamirano?

Also from the Daily Caller article:

“Given the scheduled nature of this imminent release, we urge the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security to take the necessary steps so as to ensure that what happened with Mr. Altamirano does not happen with those deportable criminal aliens expected to be released next month,” the senators wrote to Lynch.

The senators want a detailed list of the charges against the soon-to-be-released criminal aliens and their criminal history. They also want a list of their countries of origin. Some nations resist U.S. efforts to return criminal aliens.

The senators are also unsure whether the Justice Department and DHS plan to hold the criminal aliens in the U.S. prior to their removal. Some may be eligible for bond which will allow them to be released back into the U.S. before their scheduled deportation, the senators note.

If that occurs, the senators want to find out which cities and states the criminal aliens will be returned to. It is possible that some of the released criminal aliens will be returned to jurisdictions with sanctuary policies. Hundreds of municipalities and counties have policies which prohibit local officials from aiding federal agencies in deportation cases.

What do you think are the chances that Attorney General Lynch will respond to these questions? Given that we still haven’t gotten a response to the questions about Amendment 782, I’m not optimistic.

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