President Barack Obama, the “we have to get tough on gun crimes” president, today commuted the sentences of scores of firearm offenders among 231 pardons and commutations. It marks the most acts of clemency in a single day by any president in American history, according to the Washington Examiner.
One of the appointed hacks in the waning Obama administration described it this way: “Over the last eight years, President Obama has given a second chance to over 1,100 inmates who have paid their debt to society.” So says Deputy AG Sally Yates.
Let’s face it, President Obama has never been tough on crime. He’s been tough on the police, but not so much on violent criminals.
One crack dealer released as part of an Obama plan to empty federal lockups of those with crack cocaine convictions killed two kids, ages 7 and 10, to prevent them from testifying against him in the murder of their mother. Judicial Watch has that story:
A convicted crack dealer who left prison early as part of the Obama administration’s mass release of federal inmates has been indicted by a grand jury for fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend and her two kids in Columbus, Ohio. The gory crime drew national attention because the children, ages 7 and 10, were murdered to eliminate them as witnesses in the brutal massacre of their 32-year-old mother.
Then there are the “undocumented immigrants” that the president refuses to deport. Just today, Breitbart reported on nearly one million illegal aliens who are convicted criminals that Obama has allowed to stay in the country.
A new report estimates that there are up to 820,000 illegal aliens in the U.S. who have escaped deportation under Obama’s regime despite that many of them have been convicted of serious crimes including murder, rape, drug offenses, and other crimes.
While some estimates say there are up to 2 million criminal illegal aliens in the U.S., a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies finds there are at least 820,000 which, as the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard notes, is still larger than the populations of four states: Alaska, North Dakota, Vermont, or Wyoming.
Yet that’s not enough. Some “criminal justice reform” advocates wish to empty our prisons entirely and are pushing Obama to give clemency to “as many as possible” before January 20th.
President Obama on Monday granted 153 commutations and 78 pardons.
According to the White House, it is the most individual acts of clemency — 231 total — granted in one day by a U.S. president.
The president has now commuted the sentences of 1,176 individuals, including 395 life sentences.
White House counsel Neil Eggleston said the move signifies Obama’s “continued commitment to exercising his clemency authority through the remainder of his time in office.”
Obama has just 32 days left in office and has faced pressure from criminal justice reform advocates to shorten as many sentences as possible before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.