Sheriff: Feds forcing release of criminal illegals into communities

Sheriff: Feds forcing release of criminal illegals into communities

The immediate past president of the Sheriff’s Association of Texas [said] that the congressionally-mandated program that governed how ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) dealt with criminal aliens, the prior “Secured Communities Program,” has now been replaced. The more aggressive 287(g) program has also been eliminated.

The sheriff said that a federal executive order was signed on January 15th that replaced the Secured Communities Program with PEP, the Priority Enforcement Program. …

He said, “The real horror of the PEP program is the exclusion of a huge number of folks who are in the country illegally and then commit crimes on top of that and now they are being left in the communities – period.” …

He explained, “You can meet all the requirements to meet the priority removal standards for deportation – you are convicted of a crime, and you are a priority 1-2-3 for the PEP requirements, but then there are 14 exceptions that keep them from being deported.”

He said some of those exceptions include:

  • The criminal conviction was a long time ago;
  • There are “extenuating circumstances” involving the offense; …
  • “Humanitarian issues” such as age, health, pregnancy, having a young child or seriously sick relative here, or you have community ties;
  • The person has family living here; …

The sheriff said that the exceptions under the PEP program are not exhaustive.

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