The U.S. government has known for nearly a decade that the vast majority of all illegal aliens released to the streets by immigration agencies fail to show up for their deportation hearings.
As early as 1992, the U.S. government knew it had a problem with a significant portion of illegal aliens released on their own accord pending immigration hearings not showing up for their court dates.
Yet little has been done to rectify a problem that has now become a near national emergency.
Illegals crossing into the U.S. have known since at least the early 1990s that once they are released, most will likely face no real consequences for skipping immigration court appearances.
As early as Dec. 28, 1993, Knight-Ridder Newspapers reported the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, the precursor to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, had “lost control of its most effective weapon – deporting unwanted immigrants.”
The newspaper reported specific examples of deported Mexicans who turned around and came back within days. It also reported that in 1992, a full 35 percent, or 25,000, illegal aliens released into the U.S. pending court dates did not appear for their deportation hearings.
“INS has no tracking system to find undocumented immigrants who don’t show up for their,” reported the newspaper.
Fast forward 12 years and the problem worsened exponentially.
In June, 2005, the Washington Times noted the U.S. government was releasing on their own recognizance about 70 percent of all so-called “other-than-Mexican” illegals captured along the Southern border. However, Border Patrol Chief David Aguilar told the Senate Judiciary Committee that year that few show up for their court dates.
One month later, the Times ran an editorial titled “The ‘Other Than Mexican’ Loophole,” which noted that 70 percent of more than 98,000 non-Mexican nationals were captured and released with court dates.
“When the illegal ‘other than Mexican’ defendants are released immediately and then don’t show up for immigration court, it’s hard to deport them, obviously,” the newspaper stated.
In September 2005, Jerry Seper of the Washington Times reported that only 13 percent of the “Other Than Mexicans” released with a “notice to appear” were showing up for their immigration hearing.
In March 2006, the San Bernardino County Sun quoted TJ Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, warning the majority of those caught do not return for court appearances.
“Instead they disappear into the United States and become almost impossible to trace,” the newspaper paraphrased Bonner as saying.
With research by Brenda J. Elliott.