Wednesday, October 19, 2011
During fiscal years 2009 and 2010, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a division of the Department of Homeland Security, caught, detained and released at least 28 Iranian nationals inside the United States who then became fugitives when they failed to show up for immigration proceedings.
Four of the Iranians who became fugitives had been caught early in fiscal 2009 while President George W. Bush was still in office. The other 24 were caught after President Barack Obama was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2009.
Two of the four Iranians caught and detained under the Bush administration were not released from detention until Obama came to office. Thus, a total of 26 Iranian nationals caught and detained by ICE in fiscal years 2009 and 2010 were released inside the United States under the Obama administration and then became fugitives.
CNSNews.com obtained this information–which had been updated as of Jan. 5, 2011–through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed with ICE.
This article was posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 9:24 am