Over the past couple of days, immigration enforcement agents have round up almost 700 illegal aliens—75 percent of which had criminal records. Rep. Nancy Pelosi disputed the claim, but Immigration and Customs Enforcement also confirmed the figure released by the Department of Homeland Security. IJ Review’s Joe Perticone had more:
The claim that an overwhelming majority of immigrants targeted in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids last week were convicted criminals is correct and backed by hard numbers, despite skepticism from House Democrats.
Independent Journal Review obtained a copy of the list of various criminal offenses provided to the members by [Acting ICE] Director [Thomas] Homan, which shows that Kelly was correct in his assertion that the crimes were of a severe nature.
There were 161 DUIs, 47 cases of domestic violence, 15 assaults with an aggravated weapon, 15 cases of sex offense/fondling against a child and dozens of other cases of sexual and violent crimes.
In total, 507 of the 683 apprehended immigrants had criminal convictions, on par with Kelly’s claim of 75 percent.
The raids have rattled immigration groups, noting that these appear to be harsher than usual. The wheels for these raids were set in motion during the Obama presidency, but it surely captured the spirit of President Trump’s immigration agenda: criminal aliens have got to go. This isn’t a controversial position, folks. Even Democrats agree that illegal aliens who commit violent crimes should go, though they appear to be a bit squishy when it comes to drunk driving.