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Illegal Aliens Convicted of Homicide Return to the US

Terence P. Jeffrey on

In June, the U.S. attorney's office for the district of Arizona charged six individuals who had previously been convicted of homicide in the U.S. with illegally reentering the country.

This statistic -- published in the U.S. attorney's monthly report on immigration and border crimes -- shines a revelatory light on our justice system and our border security.

Each of these six individuals convicted of homicide in question had come to the U.S. from a foreign country. While here, they killed someone. Law enforcement had tracked them down and gathered sufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt they had committed homicide. They were brought before a court and either pleaded guilty or were convicted. They were then incarcerated.

But then, they were freed -- and deported from this country.

Then, they illegally reentered the U.S.

At some point, these individuals convicted of homicide were caught here again -- and the U.S. attorney for Arizona charged them with "illegal reentry."

 

Since January 2020, the U.S. attorney for Arizona has been putting out monthly reports that cite both the number of aliens it charged that month with "illegal reentry" and the subset of those who had previously been convicted in the U.S. of a nonimmigration crime.

They charged 241 aliens with illegal reentry in June, according to this report. Of those 241, 178 "individuals had previously been convicted of non-immigration criminal offenses in the U.S.," the report said.

It also said that 40 "had violent crime convictions," of which, "6 individuals had homicide convictions, 8 individuals had sex offense convictions" and "6 individuals had domestic violence convictions."

In addition, "10 had property crime convictions," "36 had DUI convictions" and "90 had drug crime convictions."

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