Around 30 countries are not accepting illegal immigrants deported by the U.S. for committing serious crimes here, according to Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar.
While these countries are not willing to accept these deported criminals, the U.S. government continues to issue visas and student visas to citizens of these uncooperative countries, the Democrat lawmaker said.
Despite the existence of a law that allows America to refrain from giving visas to a country that is not taking back its criminals, our government is actually not enforcing it.
To make sure our government agencies start enforcing this law, Cuellar said he’s prepared to review the funding of these agencies and impact their budget if necessary.
The Daily Caller reports:
Cuellar has not been afraid to break with some of his party leadership on immigration issues in the past. He was known as one of former President Barack Obama’s fiercest critics on illegal immigration. Cuellar teamed up with Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn in 2014 to help pass a bill that would speed up the deportation of unaccompanied minors. His stance disappointed his fellow Democrats, including Sen. Harry Reid.
Cuellar also said that if those 30 countries, which include Vietnam, Cuba and China, refuse to take back criminal aliens, they’ll be released into our streets because illegal immigrants can only be held for a certain period of time if they’re arrested for criminal activity.
“That’s wrong, and we’re hoping to change that,” Cuellar said.