It is a broken immigration system that set free nearly 20,000 illegal aliens last year who had been convicted of 64,000 crimes, including assault, kidnapping and murder.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which released the latest figures, says about half of these criminals were ordered released on bond by immigration judges. Others were set free under a 2001 Supreme Court ruling, which mandates a six-month cap on detaining criminal illegal aliens unless there are “extenuating circumstances.”

But The Washington Times reports that in more than 7,000 cases, illegals who established their criminal careers in America were released at the discretion of ICE.

Apologists for interloping lawbreakers accuse ICE’s critics of painting all aliens with a broad brush. But no brush can gloss over the tragedies, which last year included Casey Chadwick of Connecticut. She was fatally stabbed by Haitian Jean Jacques, who had served time for attempted murder but was back on the streets because he refused to produce documents proving his identity, authorities said. No wonder Haiti refused to accept him.

Then there’s Sarah Root of Omaha Neb., killed this year by an illegal who allegedly was drag racing while drunk. He was released on bond and now is in the wind.

Each and every one of this thugs should have been deported posthaste, regardless of their home countries’ refusal to accept them.


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