Investigating how well the both the State Department and Department of Homeland Security have been doing at repatriating immigrants to their countries of origin, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee made a shocking discovery: many of the countries involved refused to take their citizens back. So instead of pressuring them to accept responsibility for their citizens’ actions, the Obama administration decided to simply release said immigrants, despite the fact that, according to ICE deputy director Daniel Ragsdale, “a substantial number” of them are guilty of committing serious crimes.
Putting an exact number of the amount of criminal aliens now roaming the country at will thanks to the administration, Iowa Rep. Rod Blum estimated that 13,511 have been released from federal custody since 2011.
Anyone in their right mind would understand the inherent risks to freeing aliens guilty of serious offenses, but unfortunately it seems the Obama administration does not. They maintain that they have been unable to get their homelands to take them back, but the reaction of George W. Bush to similar behavior shows that these countries can be brought around, it’s just that Obama doesn’t want to:
“The U.S. has only imposed sanctions on one recalcitrant nation. In 2001, the George W. Bush administration refused to issue visas to government officials in Guyana because the South American nation refused to accept 113 of its citizens who had been ordered removed from the U.S.
The sanctions proved effective. Guyana began repatriating deported aliens soon after the sanctions were imposed.
The next year, the State Department issued a memorandum of understanding which okayed sanctions against recalcitrant nations.
When nations are refusing to accept its citizens back after being ordered removed from the U.S., ‘the Secretary of State shall order consular officers to discontinue granting nonimmigrant and/or immigrant visas, as the Secretary of State deems appropriate,’ the memo states.
During Thursday’s hearing, Pennsylvania Rep. Matt Cartwright, a Democrat, asked another witness, Michele Bond, the State Department’s assistant secretary for consular affairs, if it makes sense to ‘actually impose [sanctions] once in a great while’ rather than issue empty threats.
He asked Bond if the State Department has ever threatened or even hinted at imposing sanctions on recalcitrant countries.
‘Yes, we absolutely have,’ she said.
‘We have informed specific countries that are on the recalcitrant list that we have to see results within a time-bound period of time or there’s going to be a real likelihood that the next step would be visa sanctions.’
But in explaining why those threats have not materialized into real action, Bond said that it can often be ‘a distraction and unhelpful’ to impose sanctions.”