President Donald Trump might face one problem in his effort to rid the country of criminal illegal aliens: Their home countries won’t take them back.
A Texas congressman is saying that about 30 countries have refused to accept the deportations of the illegal immigrants who have committed serious crimes in the United States.
And while those countries won’t take back their citizens, the federal government continues to issues visas and student visas to citizens of those countries, said Rep. Henry Cuellar.
There is already a law on the books that permits the U.S. to hold back on visas from countries that won’t take back it’s criminals, but the law is not being enforced.
“We’re not enforcing it, which is amazing. So now my intent is to go back to our committee on appropriations and affect their funding until they do that,” Cuellar told Sharyl Attkisson, host of Full Measure, in an interview.
Cuellar – who is a Democrat – said the Supreme Court has ruled that illegal immigrants can’t be held forever – there’s a certain period of time that they can be held before they must be released.
“That means you’re releasing criminals into our streets because those countries refuse to take back those criminal aliens,” said Cuellar. “That’s wrong. And especially I think it’s even worse that this is already on the books, and we’re still issuing business tourist visas and student visas to countries that refuse to take back their criminal aliens. That’s wrong, and we’re hoping to change that.”
Cuellar has disagreed with his party on immigration issues before. He was one of President Obama’s toughest critics on illegal immigration. In 2014, he teamed up with Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn to pass a bill speeding up the deportation of unaccompanied minors. His position irritated Democratic leadership.
Among the foreign countries that refuse to retake illegal immigrants convicted of crimes are notorious human rights violators like China, Cuba and Vietnam. Still, Cuellar said that diplomacy is important: State Department officials don’t want to “upset” them.
“But my response is, but we can upset our constituents, we can upset our way of life that we have here by allowing those criminals to be released?” said Cuellar. “And basically the response from the State Department is because you have to work with the State Department and Homeland Security. And the State Department, with all due respect, was focused on diplomacy.”
H/T: The Daily Caller
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