At least that’s the finding of a government report obtained by the Center for Immigration Studies.
It shows Immigration and Customs Enforcement released from prison last year 36,007 illegal immigrants convicted of crimes ranging from the murder of a public official to tax evasion.
That’s in addition to the 68,000 ICE let go who were waiting for Uncle Sam to deport them.
Texas congressman Lamar Smith, whose district covers portions of Austin and San Antonio, calls this “the worst prison break in American history.”
Ice officials say some of the released criminals have to wear electronic monitoring devices. They also say they had to release some of them to comply with a 2001 Supreme Court ruling that said immigrants had to be let go after six months if their home countries won’t take them back.
This comes as President Obama continues his push for immigration reform before November’s mid-term elections.
A question now is: how can Uncle Sam secure the border when he can’t keep convicted killers behind bars?