SENATOR TED CRUZ QUESTIONS ICE DIR SARAH SALDAÑA ON OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S RELEASE OF DANGEROUS CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIENS

SENATOR TED CRUZ QUESTIONS ICE DIR SARAH SALDAÑA ON OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S RELEASE OF DANGEROUS CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIENS

The Obama Administration releasing dangerous, criminal illegal aliens, heinous felons on the streets of America

Senator Ted Cruz Questioning ICE
Senator Ted Cruz Questioning ICE

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thank you senator sessions missile tonya welcome the last hearing we had that you
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testified we discussed in 2013 how the Obama administration had released over a
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hundred and four thousand criminal illegal aliens at that hearing you
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misstated that number by a factor of over two and indeed in 2013 we discussed
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town the Obama administration released one hundred and ninety-three illegal
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aliens with homicide convictions 426 sexual assault convictions three hundred
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and three kidnapping convictions 1075 aggravated assault convictions 1160
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stolen vehicle convictions 9187 dangerous drug convictions 16,000 and
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seventy drunk or drugged driving convictions and three hundred and three
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flight escape convictions at that hearing I asked you how many murderers
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and rapists here illegally was the Obama administration releasing and you did not
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know for the day before
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yes yes I did not know that specific number for the day before so let me ask
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you and in the several months since that last hearing how many murders here
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illegally has the administration released well you missed the part so
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earlier when i discussed the fact when you say the Obama administration
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released and I pretty much talking about ice and and the agency that enforces
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immigration laws you miss this lead my testimony earlier when i discussed that
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two-thirds of these releases for 2015 were not within the control of ice the
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immigration court
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we don’t play in this sandbox alone the immigration courts a big part of that
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there was a specific question how many murders as the administration released
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in the last year let me give it to you by fiscal year fifteen I believe
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there’re homicide related that’s not just murder that’s negligent homicide
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etcetera
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there are about a hundred and ninety-seven I believe hundred
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ninety-seven in the last year about sexual assaults sexual assaults and we
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have a chart broken down by crime sir I don’t have that charged with me but we
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can certainly provided to you and does that include drunk driving you know how
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well since the hearing last july the administration has released information
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that indicates it’s even worse than what we discussed in July in particular
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senator sessions and I along with several other senators on this committee
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sent a letter to Secretary Johnson asking about Isis so-called priority
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enforcement program and in response to that letter you on behalf of the
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secretary sent us a letter on October 26 2015 a letter that without objection at
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like to introduce into the record in that letter the administration made a
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number of rather stunning admissions that letter indicated at that at the end
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of fiscal year 2015 there are nine hundred and eighteen thousand three
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hundred and sixty-nine non detained illegal aliens who are present in the
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United States are on their own recognizance had been ordered to leave
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the country by a final order of removal but haven’t done so that means they’re
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essentially almost one million known in legal aliens who been ordered to leave
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that haven’t done so in our living freely here why is ice not deporting
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those 1 million illegal aliens
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senator that part of my answer before when I talked about this issue we have a
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number of obstacles in our way to remove people we cannot remove people without a
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final order of removal all of those have final order of removal may i finish I’m
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just pointing out that the first obstacle you listed is not relevant to
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the nine hundred and eighteen thousand three hundred and sixty-nine that have
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fun or final order of removal may i finish please do
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final order of removal and appropriate travel documents I don’t like I just do
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not believe sir you’re from the great state of Texas where we understand the
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real world and I can’t believe you would think that either I myself who spent 10
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years even before I came here as a united states attorney and assistant
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united states attorney in Texas running down every criminal I could and putting
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them in prison for as long as I could
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based on the justification of the crime that you would think that the women and
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men of ice or myself would turn their backs on the deportation of criminal
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alien who needed to be removed
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we are removing every one week under the law
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this law provides for a lot of due process and a lot of avenues for
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requesting relief everything position we make can be looked at by an immigration
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judge and reversed or enhanced or or decreased it is not just the there are
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some with respect what you are saying they’re consists of non sequiturs your
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first response was needed a final order of deportation which we had over 900,000
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who’ve already received that and I will tell you
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I speak over and over again to ICE agents to Border Patrol officers who are
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demoralized who are dispirited by the political leadership of the Obama
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administration that doesn’t let them do their jobs over and over again in the
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state of Texas I speak to brave men and women that are risking their lives to
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keep keep us safe let’s look further you said we should not in poun the
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willingness to enforce the law they’re roughly one million illegal aliens the
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orders of deportation that you have not deported but that’s not just that beyond
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that
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the thirty-six thousand and seven criminal illegal aliens that ice freed
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from custody in fiscal year 2013 1,000 of them have gone on to commit new
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crimes today’s our criminal illegal aliens released from custody had
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committed new crimes up those 1000 how many of those have been deported I don’t
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have that number readily at hand I can run that down for use during get it to
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you
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between fiscal year 2009 and fiscal year 2015 the Obama administration released
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6151 criminal aliens who were specifically convicted of a sexual
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offense why is ice releasing any illegal aliens convicted of a sexual offense so
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you missed that part of my testimony earlier before your arrival here I
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explained clearly that about two-thirds of the folks who have been released
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you keep referring to the Obama administration releasing them that is
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really a mischaracterization and is misleading to the public about
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two-thirds of those who are either under the United States Supreme Court decision
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which we cannot we follow the law and and the Supreme Court you said you you
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follow the law
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help me understand then why president Obama has issued Executive amnesty
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refusing to follow the law which which one is it says the administration follow
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the law if the president disagrees with the law does he say he will ignore it
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you and I have a disagreement with respect to its constitutionality you you
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know the Department of Justice’s issued a Dominion with respect to let and I’ll
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tell you this sir I you also missed my testimony that there is
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there is a complex at tier that does not leave us a whole lot of room for I mean
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every probably every illegal alien could be removed but that’s twelve million
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people or fifteen million depending on what has them at you look at I don’t
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think anybody who thinks that we can go about rounding up people with a 6.5
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billion dollar budget as generous as that is in as grateful as I am for it
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believes that we can go and do that under that budget there is there are
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reasons to make wise and smart and effective immigration priorities which
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the Secretary announced last November 20th we’re going about it in a smart way
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we are not sacrificing children when we can remove a criminal alien any criminal
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alien that has not been removed I feel fairly confident there is a very good
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explanation that comes into this very statute that the Senate and the and the
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and the house has left us with I have called for and will continue until I
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leave the day I leave this office to ask beg you all to consider comprehensive
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immigration reform but I recognize that politically the administration supports
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amnesty for people who are here illegally the American people don’t
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agree with the administration on that you are charged with following the law
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the law the congress’s actually passed not the policy views of President Obama
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that contradicts the law now you mentioned a minute ago that ice could
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deport the 12 million people here illegally why is it not doing so why is
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it not enforcing that I haven’t run the number sir but I believe the
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Congressional Budget Office has and we’re talking about billions and
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billions of dollars to do that that matters and that is quite frankly not
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very smart ok it’s not smart to enforce federal law that requires those here
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illegally to be deported miss a day let me ask you when bill clinton playing
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games with words
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senator cruising I’m trying to help the american public and the american public
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by ignoring the question miss you said it’s not very smart and it’s impractical
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to enforce the law how many alien that’s not what I said how many aliens did the
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Bill Clinton administration support I don’t know certain work with the
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administration will let me answer the question for you and in a year’s the
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Bill Clinton administration deported 12 million two hundred ninety thousand nine
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hundred and five now is that the position of the Obama administration
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that the Bill Clinton administration was not very smart because it deported 12
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million people is it is the position of the are you serious about this question
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you just said it’s not very smart to use Isis resources to follow federal law and
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deport criminal aliens who are here illegally or misrepresenting what you
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said was not very smart what I said was we cannot just as a United States
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Attorney I could not enforced 3,000 laws including migratory power act with 100
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attorneys covering 100,000 square miles you know North Texas and my
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jurisdictions 100 counties I had to make tough decisions did I want every person
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who had broken the law
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one of those three thousand federal laws to be punished accordingly
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yes I did but I just ministration could enforce the laws and deport over 12
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million people with a smaller budget than your budget
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why is the Obama administration unable or unwilling to enforce the law do the
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same be it I beg to differ with you sir but this administration is enforcing the
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law and it’s unfortunate very smart way with respect to the resources that we
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have and miscellaneous this administration is enforcing the law
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watched President Obama
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dedicates time these parents should President Obama say to Kate stylist
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father who held his daughter in his arms and heard her last words helped me daddy
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I don’t know what the Obama administration would do but I met with
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Jim and Brad Steinle
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I met with him and was extraordinary impressed by them they expressed their
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views and feelings to me I listened I admired their stamina and their ability
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true in their moments of mourning and grief to be able to articulate to me
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what a beautiful person she was and how they would like to see some changes
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which is exactly how I open this testimony I would like to see changes to
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the entire immigration system code which is supports a system that is broken and
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that just is not effective and and yet we don’t think the beginning that
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congress and missile down you when you met with a Stanley family did you
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apologize to them on behalf of the president for his supporting policies
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that have created sanctuary cities across this country that led directly to
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the murder of their daughter I disagree with you that that’s a statement of fact
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and I did not express that so yeah I did express my condolences for the loss but
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but can notice her one thing apologizing for the direct consequences of the
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failures of the Obama administration policies are another I’m curious after
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meeting with with Kate sign lease for family doesn’t do you now support case
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law the legislation I introduced to prevent another young woman like a
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slightly from being murdered from an aggravated felony re-entering this
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country over and over and over again and being welcomed into a sanctuary city
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like San Francisco I support the whole restructuring of this statute sir that’s
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what I support I do not believe that piecemeal efforts here in their
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band-aids placed on this matter
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problem is going to do it without comprehensive immigration reform so miss
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you support that missile down you understand your testimony correctly are
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you saying no you do not support case law I i have you also miss my testimony
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as to why I cannot support an effort to
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I believe that’s the one that increases the mandatory minimum of five years for
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aggravated felon who he legally readers this country just like the murderer who
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murdered Kate slightly last time I checked it was very close to a majority
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of illegal aliens in our current president and I think you are very much
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aware of the state of our current prisons and the fact that they’re
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busting at the seams and there is a hybrid operation for aggravated felonies
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and believe that increasing the minimum penalty is going to be the most
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effective thing the most effective thing to do with our immigration laws is to
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reform the entire code so I want to make sure that I understand the answer to
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your question your answer if I understand correctly is no you do not
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support case laws that correct I don’t support just putting a band-aid on the
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issue I think we ought to have the very experienced lawyer you know how not to
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answer a question I’m asking a very simple yes or no do you support case law
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already answered sir is your answer now
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poverty answer but you you you you you want to play games that’s that’s that’s
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fine I will say an administration that refuses to follow the law that releases
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murderers rapists violent criminals that has roughly one million illegal aliens
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subject to orders of deportation and yet you say you can’t enforce the law there
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is a reason the American people are so frustrated with law enforcement
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officials there are charged with
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protecting them who refused to do their duty I will say on behalf of thousands
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of ice officers and agents and on behalf of thousands of Border Patrol agents who
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are frustrated out of their minds and a political administration that will not
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let them enforce the laws
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the american people are ready for leaders that takes seriously the
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obligation to protect this country

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