ICE Director Saldana: Take Back Your Millions, We Have No Aliens to Deport

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By Joe Guzzardi

Joe is a CAPS Senior Writing Fellow whose commentaries about California's social issues have run in newspapers throughout California and the country for nearly 30 years. Contact Joe at joeguzzardi@capsweb.org, or find him on Twitter @joeguzzardi19.

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December 16, 2015

money flying out the windowThe time is drawing near to select the most outrageous immigration happening of 2015. Very highly competitive with so many presidential and congressional outrages during the past 12 months, this year offers such an abundance of choices that the challenging process of selecting a winner will go down to the wire. When it comes to immigration, anything is always possible right up to 11:59 p.m., New Year’s Eve.

Consider, for example, this late but worthy entry: in early December, Immigration Customs and Enforcement Director Sarah Saldana testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that ICE gave away $113 million earmarked to deport aliens because there aren’t enough illegal immigrants to deport.

Say what?

In the same breath, Saldana acknowledged that the United States may have as many as 15 million illegal immigrants, with 179,000 criminal aliens roaming free, and that deportations have dropped by more than half since 2012 from 135,000 to 63,000 in fiscal 2015.

Saldana’s mindboggling remark drew bipartisan criticism. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) wondered about Saldana’s math skills: “You're actually removing less than half as many criminal aliens than you were in just 2011, and you're turning back money you were given for that very purpose.”

And immigration advocate Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) expressed disgust with DHS’s release of Jean Jacques, a Haitian illegal alien with a long rap sheet who was freed after he served a 17-year sentence on an attempted murder charge. Six months after his release, Jacques stabbed, killed and stuffed 25-year-old Casey Chadwick’s body into a closet. Saldana offered the obligatory but unacceptable excuses that Haiti would not take Jacques back, and federal regulations don’t allow law enforcement to detain criminals beyond their sentences.

Connecticut has several sanctuary cities. Please go to the CAPS’ Action Alert page here to tell your officials to support Sen. David Vitter’s Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act, S. 2146, drafted in response to Kate Steinle’s senseless murder this summer.
 

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