During a hearing with Sarah Saldana, Obama’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director, Senator Ted Cruz caught her trying to fudge the numbers a bit in regards to how many ‘criminal illegal aliens’ had been released by the administration in 2013.
But don’t take our word for it – listen to Saldana herself. After being corrected by Cruz, who had just said she underestimated the number by a third, Saldana responded “Yes sir, that’s absolutely right.”
Via the Blaze:
“When I asked you how many criminals ICE released in 2013, you were off by a factor of three,” Cruz said. “You said 30,000 — the correct answer is 104,000.”
Saldana argued she thought she was asked about 2014 and claimed the number was actually 30,558 released illegal aliens that were not prosecuted. The “good news is,” she continued, “at least that went down from 2013.”
“But you’re omitting the 68,000 criminal illegal aliens that ICE did not begin deportation proceedings against at all,” Cruz shot back. “You’ve got to add both of those together — it’s over 100,000.”
Saldana then admitted, “Yes sir, that’s absolutely right.”
Cruz also delivered an incredible speech shortly thereafter, calling upon the emotional stories of those killed by illegal immigrants who escaped deportation due to President Obama’s policies. Victims such as Kate Steinle.
“There are too many politicians in Washington that talk a good game but don’t act. If you want to honor Josh [Wilkerson], if you want to honor Kate Steinle, start enforcing the law and stop releasing murderers, and rapists, and drunk drivers. I don’t want to hear from the Obama administration they’re sorry while they continue to do the exact same thing because what we know – more people will be murdered, more people will be raped, more people will be killed by drunk drivers because this Administration refuses to enforce the law. That is wrong. No man is above the law, and that includes President Obama.”
“It is within your power to follow federal law. And this administration refuses to do so, and that is altogether unacceptable.”
The Obama administration itself has been altogether unacceptable for years now. It’s good to finally see a Republican stand up to them.
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