GOP senators demand to know why repeat-offender criminal illegals were never deported

Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) have a question for Immigration and Customs Enforcement: How were 156 repeat-offender criminal illegal aliens never deported?

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, who chairs the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, reports ICE has disclosed that of 33,007 illegal immigrants with criminal records released from government custody in 2013, 1,000 were convicted of additional crimes — and 156 were then re-arrested and re-released a second time instead of getting deported.

“Incredibly, as though releasing these criminal aliens one time is not bad enough, ICE once again released from its custody at least 156 of these repeat offenders back into our neighborhoods, instead of deporting them,” Grassley writes in a letter to ICE Assistant Secretary Sarah Saldana.

“This practice is completely contrary to the president’s promise to deport “[f]elons, not families . . . . [c]riminals, not children . . . . [g]ang members, not a mom who’s working hard to provide for her kids.”

The letter — which asks Saldana to identify the 156 criminals, their crimes and justification for their release — was also signed by Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions.

Why is this being allowed to happen?