Congressman Lamar Smith

Representing the 21st District of Texas
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Smith Responds to Criminal Immigrant Homicides

Mar 15, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) responded to new reports this week revealing that, since 2010, 124 criminal immigrants that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released were re-arrested on 135 new charges of homicide. In 2014 alone, ICE released more than thirty thousand criminal immigrants instead of deporting them.

Congressman Smith: “How many Americans have to lose their lives before this administration decides to enforce our immigration laws? This administration continues to release tens of thousands of criminal immigrants into American neighborhoods each year, despite the fact that many continue to commit new, deadly crimes. Just this week we learned that 124 criminal immigrants were charged with 135 homicide related charges after being previously released from U.S. prisons.  When will the safety and security of Americans take priority over the failed amnesty agenda of this president?

“This administration’s refusal to enforce our immigration laws has cost many American their lives. And this president’s actions ignoring our immigration laws only invite more lawlessness. This week, the House will follow Texas’s lead in declaring its opposition to the president’s illegal executive actions granting amnesty, work permits, and government benefits to five million. With those actions he also did away with the successful Secure Communities program that took criminal illegal immigrants off our streets and assisted in removing them from the country. At the same time, this administration refuses to crack down on Sanctuary Cities that further endanger the public.

“Our immigration system is not failing because it is broken; it is failing because it has been strategically dismantled by an extreme agenda that does not prioritize American lives and safety. This week we are reminded of 135 more reasons why the Supreme Court must restore the rule of law and overturn this president’s executive immigration actions.”