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Loopholes in immigration law allowing MS-13 gang bangers to go FREE so they can continue terrorizing Americans

In addition to erecting physical barriers as a means of enhancing border security, the Trump administration also wants congressional help to reform current immigration laws that contain loopholes which are constantly abused by illegal aliens to the detriment of public safety.

Loopholes that, for instance are allowing dangerous MS-13 gang members to roam free to terrorize society and murder American citizens.

As The Washington Times reported:

If the Trump administration had its way, Ramon Arevalo Lopez and Oscar Canales Molina would have been either in detention or deported.

Instead, they were out on the streets — thanks to judges’ orders — where, according to police, they and another illegal immigrant delivered an MS-13 gang beat-down to two high school students in New York.

The three of them enntered the U.S. in 2016 as “unaccompanied alien children” — which allowed them a quick release into the country. Once inside, they quickly hooked up with family members and starting living their lives whil waiting to be deported. That never happened, however, because the backlog for immigration courts is years long.

These are precisely the kinds of loopholes that frustrate Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Border Patrol officials and thwart their efforts to keep dangerous migrants out of the country.

“One of the loopholes we are imploring Congress to close could have prevented this gruesome attack,” Katie Waldman, a Homeland Security spokeswoman, told the Times.

The crime spree for these three didn’t end the a beat down; the paper noted that all three got into a fight outside a Burger King last week. One of them wound up being stabbed, which means federal and local taxpayers will have to pick up the medical tab.

“The Department of Homeland Security is committed to enforcing our immigration laws so that we can secure our border and keep the American people safe. DHS is taking action to disrupt cartels, smugglers, and nefarious actors,” the department notes in a backgrounder.




“These actions include referring and then prosecuting 100 percent of illegal border crossers, building the first new border wall in a decade, and deploying the National Guard to the border,” it continues.

“However, smugglers, human traffickers, and nefarious actors know our loopholes well and continue to exploit them. To truly keep the American people safe, we must end legal loopholes that have left us with policies that serve as tremendous magnets for illegal immigration.”

In December, DHS, under the direction of POTUS Donald Trump, implemented a new policy to end “catch and release,” replacing it with “catch and return” — that is, anyone caught sneaking into the country illegally would be immediately returned to Mexico, where they will await asylum proceedings and other legal machinations.

In most other instances when the Trump administration has acted to overhaul border policies, those efforts have been thwarted by federal courts. Now, with Democrats in control of the House, not only does it seem unlikely the president will get funding for a border wall through Congress, there isn’t much chance immgration loopholes are going to be closed anytime soon.

“In drafting the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), Congress included that criminal aliens convicted of any number of serious offenses referred to as aggravated felonies should be subject to immigration consequences,” the White House noted in April.

“Federal courts, however, have created loopholes that prevent some serious criminal convictions from qualifying as aggravated felonies under the INA. As a result, the government is often unable to use the only grounds available to remove many criminal aliens,” the administration continued in an ‘explainer’ posted online.

“Efforts to remove criminal aliens were further hamstrung by a recent Supreme Court decision that found unconstitutional a legal provision that was used to define which ‘crimes of violence’ constitute aggravated felonies,” it added. “In effect, the ruling invalidated a law that empowered Federal authorities to remove many violent felons from our communities.”

The president has continued to call on Congress to reform these laws and close the loopholes, without success. In the meantime, dangerous immigrants, in the country illegally, continue to terrorize and kill Americans. — Jon Dougherty

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