Limbaugh Turns All Released Detainees Into "Hardened Illegal Alien Criminals" In Attack On Obama
Rush Limbaugh accused the Obama administration of releasing "hardened illegal alien criminals" into U.S. communities. In fact, more than two-thirds of the immigrants who were released had no criminal record; moreover, all the immigrants are under supervised release and will still go through deportation proceedings.
As the Arizona Republic reported, during a congressional hearing on March 14, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement director John Morton testified that 2,228 immigrants were released from detention during a three-week period in early February, ahead of the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration.
Discussing Morton's testimony on his radio show, Limbaugh claimed that all of the immigrants released were undocumented, adding that they "weren't in jail because they're illegal; they were in jail because they've committed genuine crimes." He went on to call them "hardened illegal alien criminals" and stated that the administration's decision was "all about inflicting pain" and had to do with President Obama "winning the political point."
But as the Republic noted, more than 70 percent of the detained immigrants released had no criminal conviction. Morton's testimony also made clear that of the released detainees who had criminal records, none were convicted of violent crimes, and those immigrants were released only "after careful scrutiny by ICE officials." In addition, data show that the majority of immigrants ICE detains -- the number hovers around 30,000 individuals every year -- have committed no crime.
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