DHS Monitoring Over 600,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records

By Robyn Spradlin

by Danielle Dolin

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is closely monitoring over 600,000 migrants who have entered the U.S. with criminal records. These individuals either have criminal convictions or pending criminal charges by Newsmax.

According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) there are at least 617,607 migrants on the non-detained docket who fall into this category – translated into simple terms – there are more than a half million criminal aliens in U.S. communities, free to reoffend and potentially victimize Americans.

During the “How the Border Crisis Impacts Public Safety,” hearing April 16, 2024, Glenn Grothman, R-Wis., chairman of the House National Security, Border, and Foreign Affairs subcommittee, highlighted the issue.

“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.

“The solutions aren’t hard. Secure the border, stop releasing illegal aliens into the country in droves,”the congressman continued.“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,” he concluded.

The DHS Office of Inspector General found that the agency had limited ability to track migrants once they are released inside the U.S. Between March 2021 and August 2022, approximately 177,000 address records for new migrants were either blank or contained nonexistent or nonresidential locations, as reported by NBC News in September.

The agency’s internal watchdog found the ability to monitor the whereabouts of migrants who have crossed the border and are awaiting their asylum hearings in the U.S. was severely limited. Of the more than 1 million migrants released inside the U.S. during this period, over 54,000 records were completely blank, while the rest were either invalid or not legitimate residential locations. Some of the addresses used repeatedly included a restaurant in Maryland, a bus station in Georgia, a car dealership in New Jersey, and a church in Illinois.

Without accurate addresses, the DHS cannot effectively track migrants or provide them with notifications regarding their pending asylum claims and court dates. Failure to file an asylum claim within a year of arrival could result in missed opportunities for legal residency and work authorization.

The inspector’s report indicated, “ICE must be able to locate migrants to enforce immigration laws, including to arrest or remove individuals who are considered potential threats to national security,” the report said. “The notable percentage of missing, invalid for delivery or duplicate addresses on file means DHS may not be able to locate migrants following their release into the United States.”

During the hearing, Tarrant County, Texas, Sheriff Bill Waybourn testified, revealing that 264 illegal immigrants are in his jail faced with a number of charges, including murder, assault, sexual assault, possession of child pornography, and intoxicated homicide.

“These offenders, [many of which] are gang members and outlaws, have left nothing untouched,” Waybourn said in his prepared remarks.

Former Trump Department of Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli told the committee,

“Every single crime committed by an illegal alien invader is preventable,” he said. “The chaos at our southern border is sadly not confined there.”

Cuccinelli went on to lament the American families suffering from loosing loved ones as a consequence to the nearly 10 million illegal immigrants committing crimes and offences. He specified the names of several Americans who have lost their lives as a result of an illegal immigrant being involved in some form of altercation, ending with Laken, not Lincoln, Riley. He presented statistics from the Texas Department of Public Safety with astounding totals of crimes committed by illegal immigrants since 2011.

“The lives of our citizens are being forever altered by crime facilitated by open border policies and a cartel driven invasion because of it,” the former DHS head asserted.

Cuccinelli concluded with,

“Every murder, every assault, every robbery, every rape, every drunk driving death, and every murder committed by illegal immigrants was preventable.”


Robyn Spradlin is a freelance journalist working as a contributor for Christian News Journal covering news and politics on the national and state levels. She has worked as a copywriter for Victory News on the Victory Channel since 2022. Robyn has a BA in Communication Studies and an MA in Journalism from Regent University and is a member of the Evangelical Press Association. She is an author, evangelistic minister and a musician. She lives in South Florida, where she enjoys the outdoors when she’s not writing.

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