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Will The New Republican Majority End Obama’s “Catch and Release” Of Illegal Aliens?

In 2013, under Obama's "catch and release" policy, 36,007 criminally convicted aliens were released by U.S. immigration officials, and in just one year 1,000 of them have since been convicted of a number of crimes, including but not limited to rape, assault with a deadly weapon, terroristic threats and lewd acts with a child under 14. Senators Chuck Grassley, Jim Inhofe, Jeff Sessions, David Vitter and Ted Cruz have introduced the “Keep Our Communities Safe Act" to put an end to this dangerous Obama policy. 

Criminal Illegal Aliens

There’s another small glimmer of hope that the new Republican congressional majority will actually perform on the promises it made in the 2014 midterm election campaign.

Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has now joined senators Jim Inhofe, Jeff Sessions, David Vitter and Ted Cruz in reintroducing the “Keep Our Communities Safe Act.” This legislation would change a dangerous Obama policy that allows individuals in the country illegally who have been detained for six months to be released into society if their home country refuses to take them back. Because of this policy, many criminal aliens are released, jeopardizing the lives, property and safety of American citizens and legal residents.

The policy was created by a 2001 Supreme Court decision (Zadvydas v. Davis), which prohibits immigrants who had been ordered removed from being detained for more than six months. The Court expanded this decision to apply to all illegal immigrants in Clark v. Martinez in 2005.

“The Zadvydas decision ties the hands of the federal government, forcing law enforcement to release dangerous criminals onto our streets because their home country won’t allow them back. The Obama administration has relied upon this ruling to release thousands of criminally convicted aliens, yet they’ve done nothing to fix the problem. This legislation corrects a very real problem with serious public safety implications,” Grassley said.

Senator Grassley is right about the  Zadvydas decision, but like many other parts of Obama's policy toward illegal aliens it has been used to cloak or excuse his own unconstitutional goal of openning the borders of the Unted States to any and all comers, no matter their criminal or terrorist background.

In 2013, 36,007 criminally convicted aliens were released by U.S. immigration officials, and 1,000 of them have since been convicted of a number of crimes, including:

assault with a deadly weapon;

terroristic threats;

failure to register as a sex offender;

lewd acts with a child under 14;

aggravated assault;

robbery;

hit-and-run;

criminal street gang;

rape spouse by force; and

child cruelty: possible injury/death.

The “Keep Our Communities Safe Act” would allow the Department of Homeland Security to detain non-removable immigrants beyond six months if:

the alien will be removed in the reasonably foreseeable future;

the alien would have been removed but for the alien’s refusal to make all reasonable efforts to comply and cooperate with the agency’s efforts to remove him;

the alien has a highly contagious disease;

release would have serious adverse foreign policy consequences;

release would threaten national security; or

release would threaten the safety of the community and the alien either is an aggravated felon or has committed a crime of violence.

If you want to end one of the worst parts of Obama’s illegal alien catch and release program please call your Senators today and urge them to join Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senators Jim Inhofe, Jeff Sessions, David Vitter and Ted Cruz as a co-sponsor the “Keep Our Communities Safe Act.”

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