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The BorderLine: Biden Prefers to Put Your Safety at Risk and Play Recidivism Roulette With Criminal Aliens

Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2023
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 Thanks to President Joe Biden’s immigration policies, every American is forced to play a game of “recidivist roulette” with criminal aliens. In addition to installing a virtual revolving door at the border, the Biden administration has spiked immigration law enforcement in the interior of the country, putting the lie to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas’ oft-repeated whopper that “our border is not open, that crossing irregularly is against the law, and that those who are not eligible for relief will be quickly returned [to their home countries].”

More than two years ago—before the Biden administration started mass releases and parole of illegal aliens caught at the southern border—there were already over 400,000 convicted criminal foreigners walking free throughout the United States. That’s 400,000 convicted criminals out of around 5 million illegal aliens on Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s “non-detained docket,” meaning all the aliens involved in deportation proceedings who, under U.S. law, should be detained while awaiting their hearings but are not.

With today’s social media, facial recognition, and amazing data tools, a lot of the 400,000 could be found, but ICE officers are so constrained by their political bosses that they are barely able to arrest anyone. The Biden administration has given ICE the paltry target of deporting just under 30,000 criminal aliens this fiscal year and the same for next year.

Roughly 4 million illegal aliens have been allowed into the U.S. since Biden took office, at least an estimated 1.8 million of whom were “gotaways”—those thought to have entered the U.S. but not identified or arrested. Given the number, age, and origin of all the illegal aliens entering the country, it’s certain that a percentage of them have criminal records and that Biden is thus adding more convicts per year to our population than ICE is subtracting.

Over 70% of U.S. state prisoners (both citizens and foreigners) are re-arrested within five years of release. It’s a fair bet that released or paroled aliens with foreign criminal records (that are undiscoverable or unknown to the Department of Homeland Security), re-offend at similar rates. And logically, it would be even higher for the gotaways who deliberately avoid detection.

The costs of recidivism, or re-offending, by criminal aliens are borne by Americans, including physical and financial harm to victims, diverted law enforcement resources, and burdens on the entire criminal justice system.

Just a few of the many examples of preventable crimes resulting from Biden’s border policies will illustrate the risk we all put up with.

In August 2018, Jose Gonzalez-Flores, an illegal alien from Guatemala, rear-ended a family van near Chesterfield, Virginia, killing 4-year-old Elias Camacho. He was drunk—at 5 in the afternoon—and fled the scene of the accident. For that “involuntary manslaughter,” Gonzalez-Flores served 3 1/2 years in prison, after which ICE deported him back to Guatemala. A year later, he was back in the U.S. as a gotaway.

The Biden administration’s deliberate decision to divert all possible staff and money to processing illegal aliens at the border (to let them into the U.S. rather than turning them away) has allowed gotaway numbers to rise from the decade-long average of about 125,000 a year to at least 600,000 now.

Recidivist criminals like Gonzalez-Flores, and the cartels that smuggle them in, know that. So that their U.S. criminal records are not discovered, they avoid ports of entry and easily evade a Border Patrol thinned out by re-assignments off the border. ICE eventually found Gonzalez-Flores and re-arrested him in Virginia. He was charged with unlawful re-entry after deportation. After serving his latest 4-year sentence, he should be deported again.

On Nov. 24 of this year, ICE deported Cesar Antiono Rafael Lopez, an illegal alien wanted in Guatemala for rape. Border Patrol encountered him in Arizona in 2019 and was able to deport him a few days later under an expedited removal process created in 1996.

That process was intended to limit the release of illegal aliens into the U.S. at the border and to allow them to be more quickly deported. However, illegal aliens claiming that they have a “credible fear” of returning to their home countries for fear that they would face violence or government persecution can avoid removal and apply for asylum in the U.S. There is a very low bar for aliens to claim credible fear and avoid this quick process, and around 75% pass the test to enter the U.S. and the years-long asylum process.

Lopez illegally came back three more times, on June 3, June 8, and June 12, 2021. He was removed each time—most likely to only over the border to Mexico, given the speed of his re-entries. On his fourth try, he made it back as a gotaway. There had been no consequences for his earlier fails, although the government should have prosecuted him for the crime of illegal reentry.

Lopez remained in the U.S. for two years until this September, when he was arrested in Michigan on unspecified “local charges.” As often happens, local jail officials didn’t honor the detainer ICE had lodged with them. Detainers are a law enforcement courtesy where ICE asks state authorities to let it take custody of prisoners before they are released, so that the government can enforce federal immigration law. Probably due to local “sanctuary city” policies, the jail failed to inform ICE before it released Lopez, but ICE found and arrested him in October. A month later, Lopez was deported to Guatemala.

In September, Honduran illegal alien Kevin Castro-Garcia was charged with two murders in Nashville. Authorities found the burned body of victim Brandon Rivas-Noriega inside a torched car and the decomposing body of a second victim, Elmer Nahum Miranda-Martinez, in the trunk of a different car. Castro-Garcia is a member of Sur 13, a transnational criminal organization. He had already been deported from the U.S. twice before, in 2010 and again in 2018, but for him and other dangerous aliens, re-entering the U.S. illegally as a gotaway has never been easier. 

In July, a 25-year old Haitian gotaway was released with a Notice to Appear before an immigration judge in Boston to explain why he should not be deported. But there are 55,000 asylum cases pending in Boston. The average wait there from court filing (assuming he bothered to file for asylum) to asylum hearing is about four years and growing. He didn’t make it that far, as on Oct. 3, police in Massachusetts arrested him for assaulting someone in his own household.

DHS knows it is releasing potential human time bombs into American communities every day. U.S. citizens only learn the risk when it’s too late. Unless we get control of our border by ending the flow of migrants making fraudulent asylum claims, enforcing immigration law in the interior, and getting Border Patrol back on the border, thousands of high-risk illegal aliens like those mentioned above will keep coming. Under Joe Biden and Alejandro Mayorkas, the Department of Homeland Security is failing at its “one job”—securing the American people from preventable threats.

Simon Hankinson, a former foreign service officer with the State Department, is a senior research fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Border Security and Immigration Center.

Reprinted with permission from The Daily Signal – By Simon Hawkinson

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Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
4 months ago

18,000 Gazans get killed and Biden and the left cry rivers and scream for ending funding to Israel. 100,000 Americans die from fentanyl overdose plus “who knows” the number killed by violent crime and drunk drivers who are illegally here in this country… NOT A PEEP. If they want to impeach him for something, what about DERELICTION OF DUTY? The blood is on his and Democrats hands.

Broccoli Free Zone
Broccoli Free Zone
4 months ago

I live in South Texas, and a week does not pass without at least one of these charming migrants brutally murdering some innocent Texan. This week it was a 16 year old cheerleader at Edna H. S. She was butchered in her bath tub, similar to Hamass style, at her home, before school, that horrible morning. Her mom found the body, in the evening while searching for the child, as she didn’t appear at a Christmas event after school. The Texas Rangers were involved in the perpetrator’s capture and transfer, God Bless them. That child’s blood covers Joe Biden head to toe. How many more must DIE, JOE?

Rich
Rich
4 months ago

Biden is just a communist called by a different name.

cam
cam
4 months ago

It is sad; but most importantly, we’re dangerously at the threshold of seeing attacks like 2001. Yet, I do believe it is intentional to sabotage everything President Trump did while in office. It is a vendetta against him and those who voted for him. Why are all these men coming in without any hindrances? What’s going to happen to young boys and girls, or elderly, or defenseless adults? There is no security for anyone because this is a war zone right in our midst.

Rob citizenship
Rob citizenship
4 months ago

Praise for your writing this important article Mr. Hankinson, this information presented as it is helps to deal with the invasion of America by despicable,dishonorable criminals and criminal gangs that are enemies of freedom. The violent crimes perpetrated by this element such as illegal drug trafficking, or human trafficking, or any of the examples in this article all jeopardize national security . Responsibility should be the idea in mind by those who are supposed to be guarding the border. Responsibility seems to be in short supply according to the statistics and according to the observations of the illegal behavior. What is needed is a respect for doing things right by people in government positions who genuinely care about this Nation . The ” 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative ” , written by Paul Kengor (2014) lists the qualities, the ideals that should be guiding people in border security matters. I reckon this is a good time and place to list those 11 Principles – they are — Freedom ,Faith ,Family, Sanctity and Dignity of Human Life,American Exceptionalism, the Founders Wisdom and Vision, Lower Taxes , Limited Government , Peace Through Strength, Anti Communism and Belief in the Individual. President Ronald Reagan knew what being responsible was all about, he knew what being President was all about – because he had good character and intelligence and a love of what the United States of America is all about. In the spirit of everything that encourages good character, good citizenship, respect for law and the will of God , respect for life and freedom. Well done with this article Simon ! Let truth prevail , let Liberty be the watchword .

David Millikan
David Millikan
4 months ago

Excellent article telling the TRUTH.

Emily
Emily
4 months ago

We, apparently, have a huge flaw in the Constitution, if the Gov. can get away with this and no stopping it, unless we have new Gov voted in; 4 years later!!! Really unbelievable and the states can’t protect themselves either? Am i missing something?

Randall L. Beatty
Randall L. Beatty
4 months ago

Biden and the rest up in the White House has the blood of Americans killed by illegals and what is worse they let this go on they hated Trump but at least he stopped them from coming over wanted to build the wall but thanks to Biden and the Dems that stopped now they let anyone in this country and they do not care.

BillBoy Baggins
BillBoy Baggins
4 months ago

I’m deeply disappointed that there is of mention of the tens-of-thousands of “migrant” children that have VANISHED in our country. They are being exploited as child labor and sex slaves, yet no mention. An 8 yr. old boy was prostituted along the way to the US so much that he has to have a colostomy bag. The horror! Watch Dinesh D’Souza’s “Police State – Are You Next?”.

James
James
4 months ago

We should implant miniature explosive in each one of these criminal illegal aliens brains. If they return to within 50 miles of the US, the explosive would detonate. End of problem. Israel should do the same thing to hamas terrorists in trade exchanges.

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
4 months ago

I*mpeqacyh him ??? No/ Time if they do will drag it nall out, then what ??? Impeach him 3n weeks befor vote day. He needs kicking out Monday. Kyle L.

James DeBona
James DeBona
4 months ago

They’re not migrants as you say! They are ILLEGAL (non-citizen) entrants into our country!!! We have no idea where they came from or what their intentions might be. Never mind the disease, drugs and crime that they bring with them. They don’t deserve gainful employment anywhere within our borders! If we cannot control our own border, we have no sovereignty whatsoever! No sovereignty, no country! Get it? Sorry to be so harsh, but I for one am getting sick and tired of the wholesale trashing of my beloved republic! Were a nation of laws! Same deal, no laws no country! At least not one that you’d want to live in.

James DeBona
James DeBona
4 months ago

Unfortunately, the people that ABSOLUTELY HATE America the most have been in charge now for three years through this administration. I would love to toss out the old chestnut – that elections have consequences, but when we allow elections to be stolen, every bet is off! When you’re looking to destroy America, what’s a little election fraud and theft, huh? I can’t for the life of me believe that there are still people out there who think that the 2020 election was legit!!! NOTHING about that election passes the smell test! We cannot allow the same to happen in 2024! This might be our last opportunity to save this republic!

anna hubert
anna hubert
4 months ago

Who are the people in your neighborhood in your…..

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