WASHINGTON — Half of the 91,516 illegal aliens from terror-sponsoring countries and those of “special interest” apprehended at the border between 2001 and 2005 were released into the U.S. population, according to a report by the inspector general’s office of the Department of Homeland Security.
The report, “Detention and Removal of Illegal Aliens,” released earlier this year with little fanfare or attention, suggests about 85 percent of those aliens — potentially the most dangerous — would abscond and likely never be seen by authorities again.
Acknowledging the danger such aliens pose to the national security, the report cites a DHS official testifying that terrorist organizations “believe illegal entry into the U.S. is more advantageous than legal entry for operations reasons.”
Budget shortfalls were the explanations for why some 45,008 potential terrorists were released by authorities over a period of nearly five years after Sept. 11, 2001. The budget crunches prompted immigration officials to place strict limits on detention bed space, recruitment, training, travel and expansion of enforcement programs, the report explained.