The number of countries who won’t take back their criminals is up to 30. These alien felons are people who have committed serious crimes in the U.S., according to Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Democrat member of the Appropriations Committee. Cuellar has broken with his party on the issue of illegal immigration.
There is already a law on the books which allows the U.S. to hold visas from a country that is not taking back its criminals, but according to Cuellar, the U.S. is not enforcing it.
“We’re not enforcing it, which is amazing. So now my intent is to go back to our committee on appropriations and affect their funding until they do that,” Cuellar told Sharyl Attkisson, host of Full Measure, in an interview.
“That means you’re releasing criminals into our streets because those countries refuse to take back those criminal aliens,” said Cuellar. “That’s wrong. And especially I think it’s even worse that this is already on the books, and we’re still issuing business tourist visas and student visas to countries that refuse to take back their criminal aliens. That’s wrong, and we’re hoping to change that.”
Some use the excuse that diplomacy must be followed or we will upset those countries, though it obviously hasn’t worked. Cuellar has an answer for that.
“But my response is, but we can upset our constituents, we can upset our way of life that we have here by allowing those criminals to be released?” said Cuellar. “And basically the response from the State Department is because you have to work with the State Department and Homeland Security. And the State Department, with all due respect, was focused on diplomacy.”
They’re testing us and we’d better meet the challenge by refusing to issue visas to their countries. Vietnam, Cuba and China are among the countries not taking their criminals back.
More than 20 nations are refusing to take back ILLEGAL ALIEN convicts👇Trump promised he’d fix this. Let’s GET ON IT! pic.twitter.com/rt3HZJxFX1
— Boston🇺🇸Bobblehead (@DBloom451) March 20, 2017