Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced the agency had released 30,558 criminal illegals in fiscal 2014 – and at least one sheriff in Arizona, Paul Babeu, expressed outrage, accusing President Obama of overseeing one of the “largest prison breaks” in U.S. history.
“These were the worst of the worst [criminals] – even the ones that President Obama said at one time needed to be deported,” said Babue, the ranking law enforcement officer in Pinal County in central Arizona, located about 70 miles from the U.S. border with Mexico, in an interview with Newsmax. “Now all of a sudden, we’re releasing tens of thousands of them into our community in really such a reckless manner that how do we not hold the president and these officials as co-conspirators in their crimes once committed?”
The release of the 30,558 is actually down from the previous fiscal year, when ICE reported feds let go 36,007 criminal illegals, Newsmax said.
The illegals were supposed to be under “supervised release,” ICE director Sarah Saldana said. They were released because of a court order that prevented federal authorities from holding them more than six months if their home countries wouldn’t take them.
But Babeu said the situation is dangerous to Americans – and that the Obama administration has in effect “led the largest prison breaks in the history of our country,” Newsmax reported.
Team Obama policies, he went on, “have lethal consequences for innocent American citizens who become victims.”
The ICE figures released on Wednesday didn’t specify the types of crimes the illegals committed. But data from the previous year indicted that many had been convicted of homicide, sexual assault, kidnapping, and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.