Politics

Rep. Pete Sessions Claims Obama Releases Immigrants Who Kill Americans Daily

| by Michael Allen

Rep. Pete Sessions (R) recently claimed that President Obama's administration was freeing immigrants who are committing murders against Americans every day.

According to Poltifact.com, Rep. Sessions said during a House hearing on Feb. 26:

Every day, all along border states, maybe other places, there are murders by people who have been arrested coming into this country, who have been released by the Obama administration, I believe in violation of the law, who are murdering Americans all over our cities. We hold the Democrat Party and the president personally accountable for this action.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted there were 16,121 murders in the U.S. in 2013, which comes out to about 44 murders per day.

The Washington Post notes there is no database that tracks murders by undocumented immigrants, but a spokesperson for Rep. Sessions told the newspaper:

Thousands of illegal immigrants have been convicted of crimes, and President Obama has allowed them to stay in the United States of America, and the president’s unwise, unlawful and unconstitutional executive actions on immigration will only cause an increase in risk to our public safety.

The spokesperson referred to a chart from the Texas Department of Public Safety (below) that was supposed to show that undocumented immigrants committed 3,070 homicides in 2014.

However, The Washington Post noted that this information referred to data from 2008 to 2014.

The newspaper added that the Texas Department of Public Safety didn't know if the people who were arrested were undocumented immigrants or simply people who were not U.S. citizens. They were simply listed as "aliens."

The Texas Department of Public Safety no longer uses that chart on their website because they reconfigured their system back on June 2011.

Since this new date was implemented, 795 aliens have been accused of homicide, and 336 were convicted (since June 2011). About 71 percent are believed to be illegally in the U.S.

Using that 71 percent model, The Washington Post notes that an estimated 239 undocumented immigrants were convicted of murder since June 2011, which would break down to one murder every five days by an undocumented immigrant, not every day.

Also, that estimation would be for any undocumented immigrant, not just those released by the Obama administration.

The Washington Post determined that Rep. Sessions didn't prove his claim, and earned Four Pinocchios.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Washington Post, Poltifact.com
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