Serial No. 113-5: Release of Criminal Detainees by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: Policy or Politics? Hearing Before the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, March 19, 2013   [open pdf - 3MB]

This is the March 19, 2013 hearing on "Release of Criminal Detainees by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: Policy or Politics?," held before the House Committee on the Judiciary. From the opening statement of Bob Goodlatte: "During oral testimony at House Appropriations last week, Director Morton confirmed that the agency released 2,228 detainees from detention. Of these, 629 were criminals and 1,599 were 'non-criminals.' However, Mr. Morton did not provide a breakdown of the 'non-criminals.' We do not know how many were charged with crimes but not yet convicted, are absconders, had existing orders of removal, or are criminal gang members. Additionally, Mr. Morton did not 'think' that any of the individuals released were national security concerns. Simultaneously, DHS claimed that all the released illegal immigrants are 'low priorities' and have not committed 'serious crimes.' This is inconsistent with the fact that both Secretary Napolitano and Director Morton have repeatedly indicated that the agency detains only the 'worst of the worst' illegal immigrants in light of their inability to detain, deport, and remove all the illegal immigrants the agency encounters based on a lack of financial resources." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John Morton.

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