Sen. Chuck Grassley Introduces Legislation to Stop ‘Catch and Release’ Policy for Dangerous Illegal Immigrants

Sen. Chuck Grassley Introduces Legislation to Stop ‘Catch and Release’ Policy for Dangerous Illegal Immigrants

illglimmgrntgngmbrsEver since Homeland Security instituted a policy of “catch and release” for illegal immigrants accused of serious felonies, they have been found time and time again committing violent assaults and murders. When their home countries refuse to take them back, they are sent back out into the streets, at most being required to post bond. With Republicans now in control of both the House and the Senate, perhaps Congress will be able to override this dangerous practiced ordered by Obama. 

Townhall reports,

According to Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley’s office, the policy was “created by a 2001 Supreme Court decision (Zadvydas v. Davis), which prohibits immigrants who had been ordered removed from being detained for more than six months. The Court expanded this decision to apply to all illegal immigrants in Clark v. Martinez in 2005.”

Newly re-introduced legislation, the Keep Our Communities Safe Act, would put an end to at least one type of catch a release policy by extending the amount of time DHS can detain “non-removable” illegal aliens whose home countries won’t accept them. The legislation is co-sponsored by senators Jim Inhofe, David Vitter, Jeff Sessions and Ted Cruz.

According to Grassley’s office, more than 36,000 criminally convicted illegal aliens were released in 2013. Since their release, 1,000 of these criminal aliens have been convicted of crimes like assault with a deadly weapon, child-rape, rape, participating in street gangs, aggravated assault, robbery, DUI, terroristic threats and more.

Of course, there are so many Republican sellouts in Congress these days that even a common sense bill like that, which would prevent violent felonies, yes even murders, may not even make it through, much less override Obama’s inevitable veto. God help the inevitable victims.


Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of Intellectual Conservative. She is a senior editor at The Stream, and is a regular contributor to Townhall, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, and The Christian Post, and provides weekend news items for Right Wing News. She frequently appears on TV and news radio as a conservative commentator. She is a recovering attorney and former gun magazine editor. She previously served as a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, corporate attorney for Go Daddy Software, and Special Assistant/Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. As co-president of the UW Political Science Honor Society, she obtained degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Washington, followed by a law degree from Boston College and the University of Arizona. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2017.

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