Thirty Six Thousand Criminal Aliens Freed, While Waiting for Final Deportation…Or Afterward

ICE freed 36,007 convicted criminal aliens in 2013 from detention, who were awaiting for the results of deportation process, according to an official document obtained by the Center for Immigration Studies. This group included immigrants convicted of hundreds of brutal and severe crimes, including homicide, sexual assault, kidnapping, and aggravated assault. The list of offences include more than 16,000 drunk or drugged driving convictions. The large majority of these releases from ICE custody were discretionary, not required by law (in fact, in some instances, apparently contrary to law), nor the result of local sanctuary policies.

The document reveals that the 36,007 convicted criminal immigrants freed from ICE custody in many instances had many convictions. Among them, the 36,007 had nearly 88,000 convictions, including:

193 homicide convictions (including one willful killing of a public official with gun)

426 sexual assault convictions

303 kidnapping convictions

1,075 aggravated assault convictions

1,160 stolen vehicle convictions

9,187 dangerous drug convictions

16,070 drunk or drugged driving convictions

303 flight escape convictions

This enumeration of FY 2013 criminal aliens freed and the criminal convictions tied to these individuals was prepared by ICE in response to congressional inquiries following a report published by the Center for Immigration Studies. That report, “Catch and Release”, showed that ICE officers declined to bring immigration charges in 68,000 cases of criminal    aliens they encountered in 2013.


It is important to notice that the 36,007 criminal aliens counted in this document content are a different set of cases from the 68,000 releases reported earlier. The 36,007 criminal aliens counted here are aliens who were being processed for deportation and were freed while awaiting the final disposition of their cases, or afterwards. The 68,000 releases were cases of alien criminals encountered by ICE officers, usually in jails, but who were let go in lieu of processing them for immigration removal charges in that year. Ice Documents