Goodlatte questions Homeland Security on alien involved in carjacking

bob goodlatteCongressman Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, today pressed Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson for information about a criminal alien known by federal authorities who carjacked and robbed two elderly women at gunpoint in Kansas City, Missouri.

Eduardo Irhneis Escobar, an unlawful immigrant from Honduras, was convicted for felony assault in 2010 and has been encountered by federal immigration authorities since then. Instead of holding Escobar in custody and seeking to remove him from the United States, he was allowed to remain at large and rob and attack two women, ages 63 and 91, on August 16, 2016.

In the letter to Secretary Johnson, Chairman Goodlatte asserts that DHS “did not take all appropriate actions to ensure the safety and security of the American public” and calls on the Department to provide the House Judiciary Committee Escobar’s full immigration history and encounters with law enforcement.

A signed copy of the letter can be found here.

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