The Ghost of Snapped Shot

Or, welcome to my low-maintenance heck.

Something Else Obama Will CHANGE

.... and not for the better. Remember his promises to open the borders and pursue an amnesty for illegals plan??

Well, as we have all come to realize, we don't need Obama in office to have a nation weak on immigration enforcement. Need proof? Here ya go.

Federal immigration officials allowed scores of violent criminals โ€” some ordered deported decades ago โ€” to walk away from Harris County Jail despite the inmates' admission to local authorities that they were in the country illegally, a Houston Chronicle investigation found.

A review of thousands of criminal and immigration records shows that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials didn't file the paperwork to detain roughly 75 percent of the more than 3,500 inmates who told jailers during the booking process that they were in the U.S. illegally.

Although most of the inmates released from custody were accused of minor crimes, hundreds of convicted felons โ€” including child molesters, rapists and drug dealers ...

And that is just in the 8 months since June 2007 in one county!!
Click below the fold to find out more dirty secrets...Other key findings in the investigation include:

In 177 cases reviewed by the Chronicle, inmates who were released from jail after admitting to being in the country illegally later were charged with additional crimes. More than half of those charges were felonies, including aggravated sexual assault of a child and capital murder.

About 11 percent of the 3,500 inmates in the review had three or more prior convictions in Harris County.

Now, if that wasn't scary enough, take in these statistics.

ICE removed 107,000 convicted criminals from the U.S. in the 2008 fiscal year, which ended in September. But during the same time frame, ICE sent home more than two times as many illegal immigrants without criminal records, prompting criticism from some members of Congress.
CE officials estimated that between 300,000 and 450,000 inmates incarcerated in the U.S. are eligible for deportation each year.

In other words, they have only removed about a quarter of those needing to be deported. Wonder how many they released due to their ineptness? And, that is just those who have been incarcerated. How many are walking the streets? How many are buying homes and living the good life?

So, if ICE removed 107,000 across the US, how many did this Houston area deport?

The Houston ICE office set a record by removing 8,226 illegal immigrants with criminal records from Southeast Texas last year, an increase of about 7.5 percent from fiscal 2007.

That makes nearly 10% of the total deportations occurred in the Houston (SE Texas) area alone.

Now, can you tell me what is unique about Texas? hint... longest border ring a bell?

But, before you guess that, I just want to assure you that ICE is all over this:

This spring, ICE officials announced a plan to identify and deport the most serious offenders in the nation's prisons and jails, estimating it would cost between $930 million and $1 billion and take about 3 1/2 years.

Glad they are getting at the problem right away.


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