A new report suggests that 30 per cent of criminal immigrants who are not deported re-offend after being released from prison – over four times higher than figures previously given out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials.

Those new offenses – committed by immigrants who were not deported once their prison sentences were up despite orders to do so – included child molestation, murder and rape.

The three-year study by The Boston Globe looked at 323 foreign criminals who were released from prison in New England from 2008-2012 – using data made available only after the paper sued the federal government.

Speaking in 2011, ICE Executive Associate Director Gary Mead told a House judiciary subcommittee that from 2009-2011 ICE released ‘criminal and noncriminal aliens [who had] a relatively low re-detention rate of 7 per cent.’

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