The reason Homeland Security has been unable to deport the worst criminal illegal aliens, officials say, is because their native countries simply refuse to take them back. And why should they, when Homeland Security ignores the penalty provided by law: to withhold visas from those recalcitrant countries?
Congressional Democrats have joined Republicans in demanding that the State Department turn up the pressure on 23 countries that refuse to cooperate with U.S. deportations. State, in turn, has blamed Homeland Security, saying Secretary Jeh Johnson has not officially requested that visas be withheld, according to The Washington Times.
“You’re so worried about playing nice instead of implementing the law, these people are committing more crimes,” says Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.
Consider Jean Jacques. He served time in the U.S. for attempted murder and his deportation was blocked by Haiti. Months later, he murdered a young Connecticut woman and now is serving 60 years in prison.
We’re talking about tens of thousands of illegal-alien criminals “stuck” in the U.S., including 35,000 from Cuba alone, according to an immigration official.
The last time the visa rule was used was in 2001 against Guyana — and it worked.
Either obstinate nations accept their criminally charged own or the U.S. rips up their visas. America is not the last refuge of the world’s scoundrels.
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