Congressman Lamar Smith

Representing the 21st District of Texas
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Media Ignore Release of Criminal Immigrants

May 13, 2016
Floor Statements

Mr. Speaker, a new report by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reveals that last year the Obama administration released 20,000 illegal immigrants convicted of crimes into our communities.  Together, they had committed 64,000 crimes, including kidnapping, homicide, drunken driving, and sexual assault.

Instead of putting the safety of Americans first, the Obama administration often gives a free pass to violent criminals who are in the United States illegally.

This report should have been national news.  However, many outlets, like the LA Times, Washington Post, and Associated Press, as well as the major televisions networks ABC, NBC, and CBS, failed to cover this horrific report.

The American people deserve to know the truth about our immigration policies and the damaging consequences of the Obama administration’s actions.  When the national media intentionally fail to report the facts, the American people are the ones who literally suffer the consequences.