Deportation overload: Probe says DHS can’t keep up, leaves risky illegals out on the streets

Deportation overload: Probe says DHS can’t keep up, leaves risky illegals out on the streets
washingtontimes ^ | Stephen Dinan

Posted on 4/20/2017, 7:14:52 PM by davikkm

The Obama administration left the government’s deportation force in disarray, according to a new report Thursday from the Homeland Security inspector general, which found deportation officers are so overloaded that they lose track of important cases, leaving illegal immigrants roaming communities when they could have been kicked out. The problem is so bad that officers may even be losing track of critical national security cases, the inspector general said. The surge of illegal immigrants under President Obama made the situation worse, adding hundreds of thousands of cases to the docket, even though officers weren’t given any new tools to help them deal with the backlog. Officers in D.C., average more than 10,000 cases per person, while deportation officers in Atlanta have more than 5,000 cases assigned to them. “You might work 18 hours a day, but you still won’t get caught up,” one officer told the inspector general.

The report could give ammunition to President Trump, who has proposed a massive “deportation force” to speed up the arrest and ouster of illegal immigrants, and who has called for a major expansion in detention beds, so more immigrants can be held — making it easier to deport them.

Deporting an illegal immigrant requires getting the home country to issue travel documents — and that home country is often resistant, not wanting to take back a troubled individual. Overloaded agents let those tricky cases slip, leaving illegal immigrants on the streets……………………………

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