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Fix this lapse: Released illegal alien sex offenders pose a threat

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had released 2,837 convicted sex-offender illegal aliens as of September 2012, with lax follow-up compounding the danger, says a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.

The Washington Times says they're among nearly 60,000 aliens that ICE can't hold because the U.S. Supreme Court in 2001 ruled that immigration detention can't be punitive. So those who likely can't be deported — often, because their home countries delay needed documents for up to 800 days — must be released.

Released sex-offender illegals are to be “under some sort of supervision,” The Times says. But it reports the GAO found that in about 5 percent of such cases, ICE didn't make sure they registered with local authorities as sex offenders.

Jessica Vaughan, policy director at the Center for Immigration Studies (, is surprised that figure is so low, given ICE's weak monitoring. And she notes U.S. officials aren't using existing authority to retaliate for other countries' foot-dragging on deportation by denying their citizens U.S. travel visas — authority that the Senate immigration bill would diminish by giving the Homeland Security and State departments more latitude on labeling other countries as foot-draggers.

A House bill would let the Homeland Security secretary order indefinite detention of aliens deemed public-safety threats — a far better approach to sex-offender illegals than turning them loose on U.S. soil, as the illegal-coddling Obama administration does.

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