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U.S. Having Trouble Deporting Immigrant Criminals 

July 5, 2016
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What makes more sense than sending immigrant criminals back to their homelands? It does not matter if they are legal or undocumented immigrants. If you commit a crime in this country, you go on trial. If you are guilty of that crime, you go to jail.

Sooner or later your sentence is complete. You will get out of jail. Then the U.S. will deport you back to your country.

Wait a minute. In fact, thousands of ex-convict immigrants are walking around free in America.

The reason? Many of the countries where ex-convict immigrants came from will not take them back. How do they keep them out? They say the ex-convict cannot prove he is a citizen of his home country.

Why would countries say that? They say it because they do not want these kinds of people back. They are often poor countries, such as Haiti. They have few resources to deal with criminals.

The U.S. is a country of laws, not men. Everyone agrees this is a big problem. The law may keep the country from doing the right thing. The U.S. would like to detain these criminals. It wants to keep them off the streets.

The Supreme Court said the government only has six months to hold a detainee. If at the end of this period, there is no place to which to return the criminal he is set free.

Many countries are making it hard for America. For example, countries like India, China, and Afghanistan. Also, African nations like Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The U.S. can do few things to improve the situation. It can make life hard for those countries that are not helping. For example, the U.S. can deny visas to people trying to come to America from those countries.

Some U.S. lawmakers want to sanction the countries that do not help.

Source: The New York Times July 1, 2016

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