Victims' Rights Caucus

Speeches

Washington, Oct 25 -

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Mr. Speaker, thereís been a lot of talk about immigration, border security and all of the problems in between. But letís talk about one part of the immigration issue that has maybe slipped through the cracks and we donít hear much about it. There are some illegalís in the United States that are just criminals. They have been convicted of crimes from everything from stealing to killing, including rape, robbery and murder.

The Bureau of Prisons says that 27 percent of all the prisoners in Federal prisons are foreign nationals that are illegally in the United States. Thatís astonishing, that over 25 percent of our Federal prisons house illegals, all at the expense of Americans. These criminals serve their sentence in our state or Federal prisons. Then after they serve that sentence and they are ordered deported, hereís what happens: many of their native countries refuse to take back their deported criminals.
 
Why would they take them back? Theyíve got enough criminals of their own.
 
Since they wonít take back all of their own citizens that are convicted criminals after they serve their sentence, that nation tries to pawn off the remainder on the United States. These thugs get a get-out-of-jail-free card in the United States because we do not permanently detain them in jail after they have been ordered deported and their country of origin refuses to take them back. That mean they are released on the American streets. They are criminals without a country.
 
So how many people are we talking about? Well, according to an ICE report earlier this year, weíre talking about 138,000 illegal aliens who are pending deportation ñ either in jail or out on the streets. Some of these are never taken back to their home countries.
 
Now, who are these offending nations? Well, Cuba, Iran, Pakistan, and yes, China. Our good buddies the Chinese are the second worst offenders, with 35,000 convicted criminals pending deportation. Imagine that ñ Chinese criminals in the United States. Who would have thought?
 
Well, we already have a law on the books that says that the Department of Homeland Security is supposed to report to the Secretary of State any countries that do not accept or unreasonably delay taking their citizens back. Then the Secretary of State is supposed to discontinue granting visas to citizens of that country. That sounds good, but the problem is Homeland Security doesnít always enforce the rule of law. Homeland Security has the obligation to follow the law and ship these criminals back to where they belong. Itís simple: If you come to t