Illegal immigrants caught and released in the U.S. may have been re-arrested as many as six times, says a U.S. Justice Department Inspector General’s study reported by the Associated Press. A sampling of 100 illegal immigrants arrested by local and state authorities in 2004 shows that 73 of the 100 immigrants were arrested, collectively, 429 times, on charges ranging from traffic tickets to weapons and drug counts. The audit says the rate at which released criminal aliens are re-arrested seems “extremely high.”
In all, 752 cities, counties, and states participate in a federal program of aid for incarcerating criminal aliens (SCAAP) received $287 million in 2005. Five states — California, New York, Texas, Florida, and Arizona — received the bulk of the money, together taking in more than $184 million.