With recent news that Iranians were plotting to kill Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the U.S. on American soil and blow up the Israeli and Saudi embassies in Washington, D.C., it is appalling to learn that at least 26 Iranian fugitives were released by ICE, and remain fugitives today. If the Iranians did not have documentation, why did we schedule hearings? They either have documents, or they don’t. Why are we not deporting instantly?
Two of the four Iranians caught and detained under the Bush administration were not released from detention until Obama came to office. Thus, a total of 26 Iranian nationals caught and detained by ICE in fiscal years 2009 and 2010 were released inside the United States under the Obama administration and then became fugitives.
CNSNews.com obtained this information–which had been updated as of Jan. 5, 2011–through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed with ICE.
Over the last three business days, starting on Oct. 14, CNSNews.com attempted to find out from ICE how many of the 28 Iranians who were caught and released and became fugitives in fiscal 2009 and 2010–and who were considered fugitives as of Jan. 5 of this year–were still at large as of now.
ICE initially said that, given time constraints, it would be unable to immediately say whether any of the 28 Iranians it had considered fugitives as of Jan. 5 had been apprehended in the intervening time.
When CNSNews.com told ICE it would wait to report on the data until ICE could find out how many of the Iranian fugitives had been apprehended since Jan. 5, ICE Spokesperson Gillian Christensen told CNSNews.com that ICE prioritizes going after immigrants who might be terrorists and that “is all we are going to be providing on this issue.”…
Iran has been designated by the U.S. State Department as one of four state sponsors of terrorism. The other three are Syria, Sudan, and Cuba.
CBN points out that due to sloppy record keeping by ICE, there could be more Iranian fugitives inside our borders. During some booking procedures, the “case category” was left blank in a database in 204 listings, out of 537.
According to ICE documents, the Iranians which include 2 females and one “unknown,” were released in Los Angeles, Dallas, Boston, New York City, San Francisco, San Diego, Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Phoenix, El Paso, and New Orleans.
Remember that some-7,000 Immigration Control Enforcement (ICE) agents voted they had “No Confidence” in in ICE Director John Morton. That was a year ago. Morton remains as Director today, and 26 illegal Iranians refused to show up for a mandatory hearing. They are somewhere doing something.