Immigrants who were identified under a federal fingerprinting program as possibly being here illegally but who were not detained by immigration authorities were arrested again on more than 1,800 serious offenses, according to the New York Times. A report by the Congressional Research Service said the charges included 19 murders, three attempted murders and 142 sex crimes.The report, released Tuesday by the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives, analyzed arrests of immigrants whose fingerprints generated matches with federal databases under an Obama administration program called Secure Communities.
The researchers focused on 159,286 immigrants who were arrested by state or local police, were not taken into custody by federal agents and then were arrested again by the police. Among those immigrants, the report identified 7,283 who were likely to have been in the country illegally at the time of the first arrest. They were arrested again on a total of 16,226 charges. While the majority were not for serious crimes, there were 1,105 charges for violent or major crimes, including the murder and sex charges, as well as 682 crimes described as burglary or theft and 48 firearms charges, according to the report. There were also 1,420 suspected drug violations. The report covers arrests from October 2008 through July 2011.