Homeland Security Monitoring 617K Migrants With Criminal Records

FILE - Migrants wait to be processed by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol after they crossed the Rio Grande and entered the U.S. from Mexico, Oct. 19, 2023, in Eagle Pass, Texas. A recent decline in arrests for illegal crossings on the U.S. border with Mexico may prove only temporary. The drop in January reflects how numbers ebb and flow, and the reason usually goes beyond any single factor. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, FILE)

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is monitoring more than 600,000 migrants who have entered the U.S. with criminal records, according to the chairman of the House National Security, Border and Foreign Affairs subcommittee.

Chairman Glenn Grothman, R-Wis., who will oversee a Tuesday hearing titled, “How the Border Crisis Impacts Public Safety,” says U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) overall is monitoring more than 6 million illegal immigrants amid the crisis at the southern border under President Joe Biden.

Grothman adds that roughly 617,000 of those migrants either have criminal convictions or pending criminal charges.

“The fact is that illegal aliens should not be in the country in the first place and able to commit these crimes,” Grothman said in prepared remarks, obtained by The Washington Times.

“The solutions aren’t hard. Secure the border, stop releasing illegal aliens into the country in droves, and when an illegal alien commits a crime in the community, turn them over to ICE, enforce the law, and remove them from the United States.”

NBC News reported in September that the DHS Office of Inspector General found the agency had a limited ability to track migrants once they are released inside the U.S.

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