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Published: Friday, May 16, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
President Obama


Letting all sorts of criminals free

We thought the way the Obama administration was not enforcing our immigration laws was bad, but a Monday article in the Washington Times was beyond belief. Among the 36,007 illegal immigrants criminals released from custody in 2013 by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement 193 were convicted of homicide, 426 were sexual assault convictions, 303 were kidnapping convictions, and 1,075 were for aggravated assault. Can you believe that these criminals were actually convicted of killing people yet they were set free?
During several news conferences Obama stated that they would not be releasing dangerous Illegal immigrant that were convicted of serious crimes. Can you believe that he would lie about such a important matter? Rep Lamar Smith (R, Texas) said, “The Obama administrations actions are outrageous. They willfully and knowingly put the interests of criminal immigrants before the safety and security of the American people.” The remaining 34,410 criminals that were released were only guilty of drunken driving. drug violations, theft and who knows what else. On top of all of this we heard last month that Eric Holder will be releasing thousands of American citizens convicted drug violators in the interest of fairness because they were convicted at a time when the laws were deemed too tough. They are much more lenient now. Mr. Obama promised that he was going to fundamentally change America if elected. He has certainly done that but the only problem is it is changed for the worse.
Don Williamson
Arlington


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