Immigration and Customs Enforcement, reacting to congressional fears of a new crime wave from illegal immigrants, has revealed that some 1,800 released by "sanctuary cities" last year were charged with 7,500 new crimes, including rape and child sex abuse.
What's more, most, or over 1,000 of the illegals facing criminal charges, are still free, according to an ICE report to Congress.
The October 2014 report detailed the release by 276 sanctuary cities of 8,145 illegals held on criminal charges from January to August despite requests to "detain" them for ICE which would consider deporting them.
Deep in the report, provided under the Freedom of Information Act to the Center for Immigration Studies' Policy Director Jessica M. Vaughan, ICE revealed that:
"1,867 individuals were later arrested 4,298 times ... these subsequent arrests constitute 7,491 charges, as most individuals have multiple charges per arrest," said the ICE report.
And what happened to those rearrested illegal immigrants? Most were let go again. The report said that 751 were either given to ICE or removed. But 1,116 were not given to ICE and the agency said that they are "considered at-large."
The "executive summary" noted that Congress is "concerned about the public safety risks the declined detainer population raises," and it blames new laws in California and Connecticut for sparking the explosion in sanctuary cities and counties in 43 states. The policy, and the Obama administration's decision to not fight local and state governments, have come under fire in Congress.
ICE also detailed the worst of those subsequent crimes, including rape and child sex abuse:
• Los Angeles, Calif.: On April 6, 2014, an alien was arrested for "felony continuous sexual abuse of a child". After release, the alien was arrested for "felony sodomy of a victim under 10 years old".
• San Francisco, Calif.: On March 19, 2014, an illegal alien with two prior deportations was arrested for "felony second degree robbery, felony conspiracy to commit a crime, and felony possession of a narcotic controlled substance", After release, the alien was again arrested for "felony rape with force or fear", "felony sexual penetration with force", "felony false imprisonment", witness intimidation, and other charges.
• San Mateo County, Calif.: On February 16, 2014, an individual was arrested for "felony lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14". In addition, the alien had a prior DUI conviction. Following release by the local agency, the individual was arrested for three counts of "felony oral copulation with a victim under 10" and two counts of "felony lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14".
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.