Houston immigration attorney Raed Gonzalez claims the controversy surrounding the Obama administration’s release of tens of thousands of criminal illegal aliens is just a “publicity stunt” generated by the authors of a book documenting the case for impeaching Obama.

Gonzalez has been the liaison between the Executive Office for Immigration Review, which administers the immigration court system, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Asked about the scandal on Fox News’ “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” Gonzalez told the audience, “I think all of you fell for the publicity stunt of Mr. Elliott and miss, miss, what was it, Brenda Elliot and Mr. Aaron Klein, with their book, ‘Impeachable Offenses,’ that came out a couple of weeks ago. And they were denouncing the Obama administration for releasing all of these people.”

Host Jeanine Pirro interjected, “Raed, I am not here to promote anybody’s book. We are having a discussion.”

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Raed persisted, “Well apparently you fell for it, because this is what it is. This is a publicity stunt. This group, the Center for Immigration Studies, we know what they are.”

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Recently reported information about the Obama administration’s release in 2013 of 36,007 criminal illegal aliens does not come from Klein and Elliott’s book, which was published last August. That story originated with internal memos from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or ICE, as cited in a report by the Center for Immigration Studies.

However, in “Impeachable Offenses: The Case to Remove Barack Obama from Office,” New York Times bestselling authors Klein and Elliott cite further ICE documentation showing the release of thousands more criminal illegals from 2009 to 2011.

“Impeachable Offenses” further documents that of the more than 7,000 criminals released in those years, some went on to be charged with 19 more murders, three attempted murders and 142 sex crimes after their release from jail by the Obama administration.

The statistics pose a grim outlook for the 36,007 additional criminal illegal aliens reportedly released last year by ICE.

The details received more exposure last week after the book’s contents were highlighted in a WND article linked at the popular Drudge Report.

A 2012 House report reviewed the effectiveness of the Secure Communities program, a project initially launched by the Bush administration to build databases identifying illegal aliens who qualify for deportation. The data covered arrests from October 2008 through July 2011.

The report, cited by Klein and Elliott in “Impeachable Offenses,” analyzed data on 159,286 legal and illegal immigrants arrested by state or local police, including 7,283 illegal aliens who could have been deported but who were not taken into custody by ICE, despite being identified as living in the country unlawfully.

The data shows that along with drunken-driving charges, the released illegals went on to commit 16,226 new crimes, including 19 murders, 142 sex offenses, 1,420 drug crimes, 682 cases of burglary or theft and 48 firearms charges.

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