• Legal Loophole Frees Hundreds Of Cuban Criminals in US

    Hundreds of Cuban criminals are reportedly released onto the streets of the U.S. every year because the communist island country won’t take them back.

    The releases are known as “Zadvydas cases” after a 2001 Supreme Court ruling that said immigration detention cannot extend beyond six months unless there is a compelling national security or public safety interest. If home countries won’t cooperate in taking back their citizens, the U.S. government must release them.

    Cuba refused to take back 878 criminals last year and rejected nearly 400 through the first eight months of the current fiscal year, according to statistics that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) provided to the House Judiciary Committee. Vietnam is second, having refused 331 criminals in 2014, though it has rejected the return of only 44 criminals so far this year.

    Cuba, China and Vietnam regularly top the list of countries refusing to quickly accept some of their citizens whom the U.S. is trying to deport, but even some countries that are poised to receive millions of dollars in US aid and are supposed to close US partners, such as Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, also balk at taking back the nationals America is trying to boot.

    The government released 2,457 criminals and 461 non-criminal illegal immigrants onto the streets last year because of the Zadvydas strictures, ICE said. This year, the totals through May 9 were 1,107 criminals and 344 noncriminals.

    Republicans in Congress have proposed withholding visas from countries that refuse to accept their outlaws, but the George W. Bush and Obama administrations have been reluctant to do so.


    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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